As more-or-less promised,
"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" follows last month's "Where Are We Now?," but unlike the earlier tune -- a lush ballad in which Bowie seemed to reminisce about his late-1970s days in Berlin -- "The Stars" rides a fuzzy, uptempo guitar-band groove a la "Suffragette City" or "The Jean Genie." It lends credence to producer Tony Visconti's claim that "The Next Day" is "quite a rock album," as he recently told the BBC.
In addition to the single, Bowie unveiled a music video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," a moody piece directed by Floria Sigismondi in which Bowie and
"They burn you with their radiant smiles / Trap you with their beautiful eyes," Bowie sings, perhaps in reference to himself. "They're broke and shamed or drunk or scared / But I hope they live forever."
We can't show you the clip here (thanks to a few brief flashes of nudity), but it's available to watch at YouTube, where it had already racked up nearly 130,000 views by late Tuesday morning.