David Bowie surprised fans — and even his own colleagues — this week by releasing a new single and announcing his first album in almost ten years, to be titled The Next Day.
The song Where Are We Now? is lyrically simple, poetic and builds to a warm, humble climax. Its mood is reminiscent of Slip Away on Bowie’s 2002 album Heathen, and of the similarly introspective and retrospective Thursday’s Child, from 1999’s Hours. He is again collaborating with Tony Visconti, who has helped bring forth some of Bowie’s most striking albums including the “Berlin trilogy”, plus Scary Monsters, and in the 2000s, Heathen and Reality.