The Modernist wrote:The Unfragrant Ox wrote:It depends how much you value innovation in music, I suppose.
It's not just that. Even if you throw out all talk of innovation and experimentation and all that stuff and simply talk about power in music - admittedly quite a subjective thing to define - then Bowie would win hands down.
I think of a song like Your Wear it Well and it's very likeable, pleasant in a good way, but there's nothing powerful about it, I don't feel stirred or moved when I hear it. And all his stuff is a bit like that for me. He's a bit bland.
I probably like Rod's early 70s albums a bit more than you (his debut is especially strong) but he doesn't make the earth move. Not like Bowie.
I still think DB's diversity is something we tend to undervalue/understate. As is the case with the Beatles, you could make, say, 10 completely different ten-song playlists to appeal to folk with completely different tastes.