David Bowie Breaks Silence on 'The Next Day'

American author convinces Bowie to provide "work flow diagram."

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As NME reports, David Bowie has, as yet, offered no comment on "The Next Day," his comeback album which was released earlier this year. However, American novelist Ricky Moody has convinced Bowie to talk about his latest record through the form of a "work flow diagram," a string of words intended to explain the creative approach. As Moody explains:

"... I wanted to think about [the album] in light of what he was thinking about it, I wanted to understand the lexicon of 'The Next Day', and so I simply asked if he would provide this list of words about his album, assuming, like everyone else waving madly trying to get his attention, that there was not a chance in hell that I would get this list, because who the f--k am I, some novelist killing time writing occasionally about music, and yet astonishingly the list appeared, and it appeared without further comment, which is really excellent, and exactly in the spirit of this album, and the list is far better than I could ever have hoped, and it's exactly like Bowie, at least in my understanding of him, impulsive, intuitive, haunted, astringent, and incredibly ambitious in the matter of the arts..."

Bowie's 42 words to describe the album are as follows:

Effigies, Indulgences, Anarchist, Violence, Chthonic, Intimidation, Vampyric, Pantheon, Succubus, Hostage, Transference, Identity, Mauer, Interface, Flitting, Isolation, Revenge, Osmosis, Crusade, Tyrant, Domination, Indifference, Miasma, Pressgang, Displaced, Flight, Resettlement, Funereal, Glide, Trace, Balkan, Burial, Reverse, Manipulate, Origin, Text, Traitor, Urban, Comeuppance, Tragic, Nerve, Mystification.

Have those keywords given you a different view to Bowie's comeback album?

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    Wow, Moody's explanation of how he got Bowie to talk was well said. I understood that completely. ALL ROCK STARS TAKE NOTE.
    i bet there's a message in all of those words. A cryptic letter so to speak. The man speaks with purpose and riddles.
    Bowie does not need to speak in full sentences to express himself in a intelligent and inspired way. On the other hand, you should give it a shot.