After summing up his maverick tendencies on Scary Monsters, David Bowie aimed for the mainstream with Let's Dance. Hiring Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers as a co-producer, Bowie created a stylish, synthesized post-disco dance music that was equally informed by classic soul and the emerging new romantic subgenre of new wave, which was ironically heavily inspired by Bowie himself. Let's Dance comes tearing out of the gate, propulsed by the skittering "Modern Love," the seductively menacing "China Girl," and the brittle funk of the title track. All three songs became international hits, and for good reason -- they're catchy, accessible pop songs that have just enough of an alien edge to make them distinctive. However, that careful balance is quickly thrown off by a succession of pleasant but unremarkable plastic soul workouts. "Cat People" and a cover of Metro's "Criminal World" are relatively strong songs, but the remainder of the album indicates that Bowie was entering a songwriting slump. However, the three hits were enough to make the album a massive hit, and their power hasn't diminished over the years, even if the rest of the record sounds like an artifact.
Performance CreditsDavid Bowie Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
Queen Track Performer
Omar Hakim Drums
Bernard Edwards Bass
Nile Rodgers Guitar
Robert Aaron Flute,Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Arron Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Elson Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Baritone (Vocal)
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Mac Gollehon Trumpet
Stan Harrison Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Carmine Rojas Bass
Robert Sabino Keyboards
Frank Simms Vocals,Background Vocals
George Simms Vocals,Background Vocals
David Spinner Vocals,Background Vocals
Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar
Tony Thompson Drums
Technical CreditsDavid Bowie Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Nile Rodgers Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Peter Godwin Composer
Duncan Browne Composer
Bob Clearmountain Engineer
Sean Lyons Composer
Greg Gorman Cover Photo
Mick Haggerty Logo,Cover Art
Derek Boshier Paintings,Cover Painting
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Let's Dance based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This cd is amazeing!!! The three best tracks on this cd are : lets dance, chyna girl, modern love. There is a alternate cut of the song cat people. But the rest of the album is out standing.I think it is worth every penny.Chyna girl, lets dance , and modern love are all longer on the cd than the radio cuts which are even better to dance too.Buy this cd if you havent yet.!!!
Let's dance was a massive hit, due to the tunes ans hooks of Modern love, China Girl and Let's Dance. Unfortunately, bad songs like Without you, Ricochet or Shake it taints the album with filler, makin' Let's dance an enjoyable album with classic tracks, but not a classic album.