David Bowie recently shared a jazz track entitled “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” from his upcoming compilation album Nothing Has Changed. Set to be released next month, it features songs spanning the entirety of Bowie’s career, from the days of Ziggy Stardust to present. The album gets its title from the song “Sunday” off of his album Heathen released in 2002, and will be released as a collection of three CDs and two CDs, as well as in a pair set of vinyls.
Today, “Sue” made its debut on BBC 6’s radio show Consequence of Sound hosted by Guy Garvey. The song was produced by Tony Visconti, who’s collaborated with Bowie many times before, and was recorded with the accompaniment of the Maria Schneider Orchestra this past summer. The single will be released as a 10” and digitally on November 17th in the UK and on Black Friday (November 28th) in the United States. Both the 10” and the digital version are expected to include the full song, which is almost seven and a half minutes long, a shorter radio version, and a bonus track called “‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore” named after the theater tragedy by John Ford.
Featuring some of his greatest hits, such as “Just Dance” and “China Girl”, the album has three uniques sleeves with varying artwork. The original shows the aged musician staring thoughtfully into the mirror at his own reflection while the other two embrace this motif by depicting a much younger Bowie also staring into mirrors. Die hard fans will be happy to learn that the album is also expected to feature two songs off of his unreleased 2001 album Toy, and those are “Your Turn to Drive” and “Let Me Sleep Beside You“.
Many seem somewhat surprised today by Bowie’s decision to dabble in jazz. The choice of genre might seem strange to some (for Bowie in particular), but “Sue” manages to maintain its Bowie-esque quirkiness despite his decision to branch out into this refreshing musical territory. Overall, the single’s sound is quite unconventional and comes off as somewhat spacey, but excellently showcases the rugged-sounding character that his voice has gained over the course of his career.