David Bowie - Pin-Ups
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Bowie's cover album from 1973. Unlike the originals and very much done in Bowie's way, comparison with the originals is unnecessary. Ronson & Co. turn in good raving tracks for the Pretty Things' "Rosalyn," the Yardbirds' "I Wish You Would," and the Kinks' "Where Have All the Good Times Gone." The album is largely underproduced, not helped with the fact that the songs were originally conceived as trashy, instant pop fodder, and their simplicity demands a rough edge to give them the punch they need to be effective. Bowie's vocals seem to float carelessly above the music, and his excessively mannered voice is a ridiculously weak mismatch for the material. While many regard Pinups as a failure, it is also a collection of great songs, most of which are given a more than adequate, and always loving, treatment. Maybe the fairest conclusion to draw is that Bowie can't sing any other way, did the best he could, and the result isn't all that bad.