BEST NEW SONG: DAVID BOWIE - NO PLAN
Is there any explanation needed for this pick? After decades transforming mainstream music and culture, David Bowie’s last known recordings have been released on the four-song EP, No Plan. The titular track was originally recorded for the Lazarus soundtrack and it is no less genius than what was released in 2016.
Following four post-humous Grammy nominations and what would’ve been his 70th birthday, this is a celebration of the Bowie so many love. The song is very distinctly Bowie, but it is tinged with sorrow. His surreal use of strings, drums, and wind instruments clash in a jangle while he bellows.
He sings, “All the things that are my life/ My moods/ My beliefs/ My desires/Me alone/ Nothing to regret.” It’s not difficult to imagine that, just like with Blackstar, Bowie knew he was slowly dying from his secret battle with cancer. Tom Hingston’s music video adds to the tearful tone, with dark colors, pouring rain, and Bowie’s messages flashing on screens from the other side.
DAVID BOWIE - NO PLAN
The song’s end is bittersweet because, while we should be grateful that he was able to share his gift, it’s a painful reminder that he won’t be able to share anymore.