To be honest, comparing with the modern gothic rock that I'm sticking to, not my style in much more way than his first album which I absolutely adore. Maybe I just don't like these guitar solos in thirds :)
But "All the Madmen" is M A G N I F I C E N T
The record doesn't knocked me to my knees, apparently I need a lot of time to appreciate it (or it simply is not my style). The title track is great, as "Saviour Machine". Other songs do not impress me as I expected
I've heard from many sources that this was Bowie's darkest album, and it shows. Lovecraftian storytelling, themes of insanity and occultism, omnipotent supercomputers...this is some heavy stuff, but I love it. I fell in love with this album from the first listen. I now consider it to be one of my all-time favorite Bowie albums.
Many people I know have never really liked this particular album, but I think its one of Bowies' best. The title track is great. Rchoes of sadness, and purity!!! Too pretentious?? Lets just say its fab and I've always loved it.
A really strange album, the production and singing is overall much worse than on earlier records and I have no idea what she shook me cold is even doing on there.. But this seems to be where the glam style and far out lyrics took root. I love most of the tracks.