Ziggy It Ain't, but David Bowie's Latest Ain't Bad, Either

| Mon Mar. 11, 2013 6:00 AM EDT

David Bowie
The Next Day

If you are a person who listens to music, I have to imagine your reaction to the news that David Bowie would be releasing his first new album in a decade was something along the lines of "OMG! OMG! OMG!" with strong undertones of "Oh God, please let it be decent enough not to retroactively ruin Ziggy Stardust."

The British rock legend faces the classic predicament of artists described as such: how to continue a creative career when everyone secretly just wants to see you back in face paint and six-inch platforms? (Okay, maybe that's just a predicament of being David Bowie.) To his credit, he hasn't shied away from the challenge, but rather confronted it head-on with an album title and cover that hint, not too subtly: "Let's move on."

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