David Bowie is back all over again. Last year, the Thin White Duke ended a lengthy hiatus to release The Next Day, which went on to earn massive critical acclaim. Since then, though, he's been mostly quiet. Now, ahead of the release of his upcoming compilation album Nothing Has Changed, Bowie debuted a seven-minute-long free jazz opus titled "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)." And it's incredible.
"Sue," which debuted on BBC radio yesterday, is only the second time Bowie has experimented with avant-garde jazz — the first time being on 1973's Aladdin Sane — but overall the whole track has a moody, epic quality to it. The song starts off optimistically and easily enough, but before long the trumpets soar frantically, climaxing with Sue being murdered, and tumbling down to the revelation of her running off with another man. It's stellar work, and you should listen to it more than once.
"Sue" and its B-side track, "Tis a Pity She's a Whore," will be available for digital download on November 18th, the same day Nothing Has Changed will hit stores.