By Rachel Popa
“Look up here, I’m in heaven/I’ve got scars that can’t be seen/I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen/Everybody knows me now,” Bowie sings on “Lazarus,” a song seemingly about escaping the pressure of fame upon his death.
Many of the songs on the album feature the soulful crooning of a saxophone, as well as vocals and instrumentals that sound like they are being played live right in front of the listener. While there are only seven songs on “Blackstar,” each is more unique than the last. Much of the sound of “Blackstar” is experimental and techno-inspired, which is fitting and characteristic of Bowie’s cutting edge style.
“Something happened on the day he died/Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside/ Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried,” Bowie sings on the album’s namesake song, “Blackstar.” Bowie’s lyrics and vocals are profound and touching, making the album, and Bowie himself, utterly irreplaceable.