The meaning of the cover teases - what is Bowie trying to say? Search me?
On first listen the album feels like a collection of mostly uptempo rockers which sound as if they could have come from Bowie's Berlin period, but delve a little deeper into the songs and you come across some dark corners - war, hunger, murder and ghosts linger behind each and every riff. Stand out tracks for me are Dirty Boys and the awkwardly titled Boss of Me, both of which recall past glories, but the rest of the album is pleasing enough. I don't think it's quite as good as Bowie's last album, Reality but it is superior quite a few platters in his back list.
That this could turn out to be Bowie's last album looks likely, especially since it's been ten years since his last and in that time heart problems almost killed him. Let's hope we get more Bowie in the future and if this album is any indication then the master still sounds good.