How would you rate "Let's Dance" (1983) by David Bowie?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Haristar, May 29, 2017.

  1. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth Thread Starter

    Southampton, UK
    "Let's Dance" is David Bowie's fifteenth studio album. It was released on April 14, 1983. This album saw what many perceived as an unintentional attempt to appeal to a more commercial audience. Selling 10.7 million copies as of January 2016, it is Bowie's best selling album of all time.

    Track listing:
    -Modern Love
    -China Girl
    -Let's Dance
    -Without You

    -Criminal World
    -Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
    -Shake It
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  2. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    First CD I ever bought. On 5th April 1985.:)

    I'd had the LP a couple of years at that point and decided to go for something 'safe' as my first CD purchase. They were expensive then.:) I was blown away by the sound of the disc in comparison to the LP. I still have that CD, though I've retired it now in favour of the SACD.

    As for the album itself, it was my first Bowie one. A friend at work who was a huge fan tried to dissuade me from buying it as it was "commercial crap". I replied, "But I love commercial crap".:D He tried to steer me in the direction of Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, but I wasn't interested in 'old' stuff at that point. I mean, they were good suggestions, and I did eventually take him up on it.:)

    I still really enjoy Let's Dance and voted for the second option here. It's not his best work of course, but it's great fun to listen to. It also reminds me of 1983/4 which were good years for me.
  3. cwd

    cwd Forum Resident

    Clarksville, TN
    Not ground-breaking like so much of the 70s work BUT sometimes music doesn't need to be that-just fun listening. Side One is a blast for the first three cuts, then a nice and I think under-appreciated slow song. Side Two has at least one weak spot and not as stellar front to back, but sill good. One of my faves.
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  4. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

    Fort worth tx
    For me it was the 80's with an exclamation mark!
  5. vonseux

    vonseux Re-channeled Stereo

    Side A only
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  6. Although I have a CD copy, the equivalent of "Side 1" is what I like best. Whilst I do like the whole album, just the first half blows it out of the water for me. Actually I can say the same thing for "Too Low For Zero" by Elton John and "An Innocent Man" by Billy Joel. Come to think of it, I can say the same again for that Neil Finn album I have from 1983 as well. There must be a thing about 1983 albums ..... :p
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  7. jl151080

    jl151080 Forum Resident

    Bristol, UK
    I love Let's Dance and China Girl, but aside from those the material is pretty average.
  8. strummer101

    strummer101 Forum Resident

    Lakewood OH
    Forgettable. I have. :shrug:
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  9. Turntable

    Turntable Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    If Bowie had released the Moroder produced Cat People instead of the lame version on the album it would have bumped the album up a few notches.
  10. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    A product of it's time and place, a reflection of the MTV era. People danced, Bowie made money and everyone was happy. Some of the songs hold up better than others. Not among his greatest, but nothing to be ashamed of either.
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  11. gabacabriel

    gabacabriel Forum Resident

    Bristol, UK
    Not great, but a helluva lot better than the next two or three albums that followed.....
  12. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    3 good singles
    Great videos, but have never loved this album.
  13. mc7t

    mc7t Forum Resident

    Stoke on Trent,UK
    I voted #2

    A great little time capsule of my past when I was 13 :agree:

    I played the album a lot when I first got it alongside his earlier work (Ziggy, Hunky, Pin Ups, Man Who Sold The World etc).

    I miss him :cry:
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  14. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth Thread Starter

    Southampton, UK
    For the record I voted for "average". Half of the songs are brilliant (the three singles and Cat People), the other half range from meh to average IMO.
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  15. Finch Platte

    Finch Platte Forum Resident

    Yeah, no kidding. Me, too.
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  16. pseudopod

    pseudopod Forum Resident

    Winnipeg, Canada
    I rated it "Pretty great, worth recommending". I think he was trying to emulate the sound of early 80's Roxy Music. Definitely slick 80's production, which catapulted Bowie into the real mainstream on the singles charts. Unfortunately it resulted in him trying to repeat the success with a number of lackluster sound-alike albums afterward for a few years until finally snapping out of the formula in 1989 with the harder edged Tin Machine project. Commercially-speaking, "Let's Dance" was his career peak, but definitely not critically. Still a very enjoyable listen though.
  17. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    Essential listening. One of his best.

  18. Davidmk5

    Davidmk5 Forum Resident

    Marlboro , ma. usa
    Funny the past two weeks i have been listening to this album quite a bit after not hearing it for a long time , i voted "
    Pretty great, worth recommending"
    It's slick , it's 80's but a lot of well written songs & some great playing from the band , you certainly couldn't go anywhere that year without hearing one of the singles which to me still hold up as strong songs , a few clunkers but overall a pretty good album & a blast to crank up .
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  19. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    The title track is great. Modern Love is fun. The rest is forgettable, with the possible exception of Cat People.
    China Girl is a good song but I prefer Iggy's original version.
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  20. forthlin

    forthlin Forum Resident

    Pretty great for me.
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  21. Eric Weinraub

    Eric Weinraub Forum Resident

    Side 1 is what makes this worth recommending. Side 2 I put in the same league as his later 80s work.
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  22. Say It Right

    Say It Right Forum Resident

    Niagara Falls
    Found out that other solo artists used this as a template: involving A-list musicians and producer, while keeping the overall musical sound relatively consistent to be radio friendly. The obvious attempts at similar success of this type would be Mick Jagger- She's the Boss and Bryan Ferry - Boys and Girls, off the top of my head, to varying results. So from that perspective, it was extremely important.
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  23. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

    Seabrook, TX, USA
    Right in the middle of Essential listening - a true classic and Pretty great, worth recommending. Modern Love hasn't aged well for me, but Criminal World and Cat People are ace, along with China Girl and the title cut.
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  24. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

    Seabrook, TX, USA
    Looks like I'm the only one so far that loves Criminal World. :help:
  25. dead of night

    dead of night Forum Resident

    Northern Va, usa
    Man, that looks like an unnatural hairline.
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