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Sound and Vision: The Electronic Tribute to David Bowie

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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus

As is often the case with electronic tributes to pop artists, Sound and Vision succeeds as a worthy collection of down-tempo electronica, but wavers as a tribute album. While Bowie archetypes like Major Tom and Ziggy Stardust were in part products of science fiction and human space exploration, which have in turn influenced modern electronic music, there is a disconnect between the influence and the legacy. Hearing Bowie's distinctive lyrics sung over a swirling big beat concoction ("Changes") or haughty European laptop beats ("Heroes") is a little unsettling, even if Bowie himself has dabbled in electronica in the latter years of his career. At the same time, Sound and Vision's production is top-notch, and the eclectic, often-innovative arrangements do breathe some life into tracks like "Let's Dance" and "Fame" that have become a bit hackneyed due to overplay on AOR radio. Both of these are handled by consistent Vitamin standout Motor Industries, as is a version of "Sound and Vision" that channels the chilly new wave of Terri Nunn and Berlin. These and Jun Jun Clinic's bizarre take on "Oh You Pretty Things" should be mix-tape favorites for any Bowie aficionado.

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