Bowie's forth album is one of his most engaging albums for any listener. Musically taking a softer approach than his previous album and lyrically he writes more literally meaning the listening is able to explore every concept the album throws at them.
The album begins with an anthem for the times. 'Changes' with its stuttering chorus has become a timeless classic and an anthem for Bowie himself. The track 'Oh! You Pretty Things' highlights Bowie's imminent thoughts of the birth of his first born, Zowie, along with 'Kooks'. The album often tells the tales of Bowie's first time to America and the influences he picked up on such as tracks 'Andy Warhol' and 'Song For Bob Dylan'.
The blueprints of his alter ego Ziggy can be seen on 'Queen Bitch' that features a vocal performance that sounds like it came from The Velvet Underground.
The album is packed with boundary pushing ideas including a promotional interview with Melody Maker where he told them 'I'm gay. I always have been' stirring controversy around the artist.
Finally 'Life On Mars' remains a cult classic. The beautiful symphony that wraps together Bowie's ideas of theatre remains one of the greatest songs of all time. Likewise for the album.