In some ways, this is a transitional effort: the close of Bowie’s late 1970s style and the beginning of his forays into 80s pop. The eclectic eccentricities of Lodger are held in check, focused around a more steady pop sensibility. This is still quirky art rock, but it flows together as an album better. Even if it lacks any individual song as good as “Modern Love” from Let’s Dance or “D.J.” from Lodger, there is not a bad tune anywhere. It would take Bowie a long, long time to make an album this good again — and it could be argued he never did.