David Bowie – No Plan EP

I snagged this 4-song EP at the same time as I got Blackstar.

The details:

No Plan compiles the original songs written for Bowie’s Broadway musical, Lazarus, including the titular “Lazarus”, “No Plan”, “Killing a Little Time”, and “When I Met You”. The songs were first recorded by the cast of the musical as part of its official soundtrack. The recordings featured on No Plan come from the sessions for Bowie’s twenty-fifth and final studio album Blackstar, with “Lazarus” appearing as the third track on the album. (Wiki)

Lazarus, as we know, appears on the Blackstar album (see yesterday’s review). Listening to it again now, it’s no less harrowing.

And then there are the three non-album tracks:

No Plan slowly shuffles, seeking something, but gentle. Bowie’s voice sounds frail, probably on purpose to fit the song. It’s quite beautiful, honestly, slightly ethereal and jazzy.

Killing A Little Time brings the rock, a pounding drum beat and buzzsaw guitar lead us into Bowie as ringmaster of this circus, relentless and sure. Here’s a taste of what we’re hearing as the band roils…

I staggered through this criminal reign
I’m not in love, no phony pain
Creeping through this tidal wave
No warm embrace, just a lover’s grain
This symphony
This rage in me
I’ve got a handful of songs to sing
To sting your soul
To fuck you over
This furious reign
I’m falling, man
I’m choking, man
I’m fading, man
And broke and blind
I’m falling, man
I’m choking, man
I’m fading, man
Just killing a little time

Whoa. It goes on, too.


The last track is When I Met You, a fairly straight-up light(er) rock tune. Actually fairly reminiscent of some songs he did decades ago, and that has its own resonance here, too. Of course, it’s updated too, bits of it fitting the rest of the Blackstar sound perfectly. I maybe can’t quite describe it well enough, but this is a wee bit like hearing young and older Bowie at the same time!

In Sum:

There’s an honesty and depth to the work here, and these are worthy additions to the Blackstar sound, feel, and approach. If you’re a fan of Bowie’s last album, you’re going to need this EP too, to complete the picture.


Posted on March 9, 2017, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I bought the Lazurus soundtrack album and quite enjoy it. It includes these tunes along with others.
    I might have to write it up.

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  2. I still haven’t heard last album – I think I’m ready to now though

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  3. Nice. I’d seen this was released not so long ago. Wasn’t aware it got a physical release, right enough.


  4. I had no idea this even existed! WILL check it out.


  5. Dunno what you’re talking about! A stellar review, my man!


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