If recent Bowie albums like 1997's Earthling left your ears craving classic-sounding Bowie, Heathen comes to the rescue. On the first release from the artist's new Columbia-distributed ISO imprint, Bo

If recent Bowie albums like 1997's Earthling left your ears craving classic-sounding Bowie, Heathen comes to the rescue. On the first release from the artist's new Columbia-distributed ISO imprint, Bowie channels—get ready for this—Bowie. In the process, he delivers a soul-searching set that recalls such pre-"Let's Dance" collections as Heroes and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). Perhaps this is because of Bowie reuniting with longtime collaborator Tony Visconti after a 20-year break. That said, the dynamic duo don't aim to replicate what made their union so special; instead, the two bring together their 20 years of experience apart, with their combustible chemistry intact. Musically, Heathen runs the gamut from ambient-pop to haunting guitar-driven. Original tracks like "Slow Burn" (featuring Pete Townshend) and "I Would Be Your Slave" are simply sublime. Ditto for covers like Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting for You" (featuring Foo Fighter Dave Grohl) and the Pixies' "Cactus."—MP