Overall — 9⁄109⁄10
Low is the eleventh studio album by British musician David Bowie, co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti. Widely regarded as one of Bowie’s most influential releases, Low was the first of the “Berlin Trilogy”, a series of collaborations with Brian Eno (though the album was mainly recorded in France and only mixed in West Berlin). The experimental, avant-garde style would be further explored on “Heroes” and Lodger. The album’s working title was New Music Night and Day.
As a child, born in the late ’80s, I never really listened to Bowie’s music that much, I know him best for his role as Goblin King Jareth in the movie Labyrinth. I’m much more familiar with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. His music ranges from the most beautiful, softest instrumentals to the loudest banging melodies that inspired me to write music in the first place.
As a Nine Inch Nails fan, I’m always looking to find unseen interviews of Trent Reznor. I noticed that in a lot of interviews, Trent Reznor idolizes Bowie and his music. Trent even claims that his 1994 album “The Downward Spiral” was heavily inspired by David Bowie’s album Low. I never really understood how Bowie’s music inspired him to make the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. That’s when I decided to immerse myself in Bowie’s music, starting with Low.
The first track “Speed Of Life” is very different from what I imagined it to be. The instrumental intro contains a lot of synthesizers, as well as most of the tracks on this album. As I progress through the album, it only gets better. Low contains a lot of beautiful instrumental tracks that I couldn’t believe that was possible to create in the late ’70s. It reminds me of some of the recent work of Nine Inch Nails and some of the movies that I know from the ’80s mixed together.
It takes a few listens to really appreciate the extent of the music, slowly picking up pieces of lyrics and glue them together.
Low is without a doubt one of the most groundbreaking album of its time, and it made it very clear where Trent Reznor draws his inspiration from.