There’s no denying that David Bowie is totally individual. A Bowie-album is like no other, and all his offerings so far have been entertaining. Though I find the opening track the weakest as far as the vocal is concerned, the subject is handled cleverly, giving a new dimension to the revelation that the World has only five years more to go.
“Soul Love” is a total piece of brilliance with far away vocal phrases, an insistent drum rhythm and smooth Bowie sax – it would make a strong single, though the chosen track “Starman” should have been gobbled up by the public. “It Ain’t Easy” – the lyrics are missing from the inner sleeve for some reason – is a big vocal builder, with a nice guitar and piano ending.
From record Mirror’s review of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)