David Bowie’s ex-wife and former stage manager, Angela, doesn’t think to highly of Bowie’s first new song in a decade, “Where Are We Now?” Via Classic Rock:
Angie writes in the Mail on Sunday: “I can’t help but wonder what happened to the musical innovator. I’m not trying to be unkind, but I can’t escape the feeling that the retro-introspective mood of the song has one message: ‘I’m not going to be here much longer, let’s talk about the past.’
“There’s nothing about the sound that’s new either. The subject matter is tired: it’s a nostalgic look back to the last time he was at the forefront of pop music.”
She adds that the song, which is in part about Bowie’s time in Berlin, mythologizes a part of his life that she would rather be forgotten.
“What I remember of Berlin, where we lived for three years in the late 70s, is lots of sitting around night clubs with David pretending he was an extra from Cabaret witnessing the rise of the Nazis.
“To his fans, he was just being another of his characters. But I suspect the main audience for the performance was me. Our marriage was over. He knew I would have no truck with fascism. I think he was, if only subconsciously, pushing me past the limits of what I considered acceptable.”