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Album Review: Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) [Box Set] by David Bowie
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Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001), the latest edition of David Bowie's ongoing series of box sets spanning each era of his career, is a defining document for fans of a certain stripe. Consensus prevails for the earlier decades: The 1970s were brilliant, the '80s initially brilliant, then naff. By contrast, the '90s continue to be a live issue, dividing fans as to whether Bowie was doing vital new work by engaging with prevailing trends or simply cosigning them in hopes their success would rub off.
It is fitting that the latest in David Bowie's career-spanning run of box sets takes its name from the penultimate track on 'hours…'. His final album of the 90s, 'hours…' found him accepting his role as elder statesman at the end of a decade during which he sought to reassert his credentials as rock's biggest risk-taker. An unassuming instrumental, Brilliant Adventure evoked his most forward-thinking work of the 70s with a delicate koto-led melody that recalled the meditative soundscape of "Heroes"' Moss Garden.