Simultaneously accessible and ambitious, "The Next Day," David Bowie's first album in a decade, is laden with musical references to his great '70s work, stunning vocals and lyrics that find the 66-year-old still pondering the stars, self-doubt and death. It's a straightforward rock record, riddled with melodic hooks. Throughout, his reference points play like a gathering of old friends--melodies conjure John Lennon, a jagged guitar line recalls Robert Fripp, several power chords and layered female voices pay homage to Marc Bolan. Add to that moments recalling Bowie's own work: the drums of "Five Years," guitars of "Aladdin Sane" and the ambience of "Lodger." The bands behind him are full of longtime cohorts, and their command of his signature sound, not to mention the abrupt musical twists, provide a resonance on par with Bowie's voice.