David Bowie’s twenty-fourth studio album, The Next Day, was first announced on his 66th birthday back in January. But the album was in the works – in secret – for some time before then.
For his first release of new material in 10 year, Bowie teamed up with some of his long-time collaborators, including producer Tony Visconti, engineer Mario J. McNulty and bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.
Dorsey, who has performed with Bowie since 1995, appears on seven of the album’s 14 tracks, with Tony Levin appearing on five. Visconti plays bass on the remaining two tunes.
In an interview with Something Else!, Levin was asked what it was like to keep the album a secret.
“Not hard to be discreet about it,” Levin shared. “I think it must have been very hard for him and the production team to keep people about finding out, though. For me, it was a nice honor to be part of the album, but also a treat because the music was so good, and David a real pleasure to work with. I’ll wait ’til the album comes out to see how much of it I am playing on. It won’t be all, but it will be more than that one song.”
Visconti has been working with Bowie for more than four decades. He said that if people are looking for classic Bowie, they’ll find it on The Next Day.
“I’ve been listening to this on headphones, walking through the streets of New York, for the past two years. I have not tired of a single song,” Visconti told BBC. “I think the material on this album is extremely strong and beautiful. If people are looking for classic Bowie, they’ll find that on this album. If they’re looking for innovative Bowie, some new directions, they’ll find that on this album too.”
Bowie has said there will be no tour in support of the album.
The Next Day Track List:
- The Next Day
- Dirty Boys
- The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
- Love Is Lost
- Where Are We Now?
- Valentine’s Day
- If You Can See Me
- I’d Rather Be High
- Boss Of Me
- Dancing Out In Space
- How Does The Grass Grow?
- (You Will) Set The World On Fire
- You Feel So Lonely You Could Die