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Reality is an album by the Britishmarker singer-songwriter David Bowie, released in 2003. The album was well received by fans and critics and was one of Bowie's most critically acclaimed albums since Scary Monsters , alongside Heathen. It is his latest album to date.

Some of the lyrics found in Reality deal with Bowie's perception of himself as an old person, as in the songs "The Loneliest Guy", "Days", the ironic "Never Get Old", and especially on the nostalgic "Bring Me The Disco King". The album also makes reference to the 9/11 attacks in "New Killer Star" and the concept of Reality as subjective.

Over the promotional period, the album was released in a variety of formats. The standard release was a single jewel case CD version, followed by the CD with a three track bonus CD in digipak format. The album was then released as a multichannel hybrid SACD, and then reissued with a bonus live DVD recorded in Londonmarker.

Track listing

All songs written by David Bowie, except as noted.
  1. "New Killer Star" – 4:40
  2. "Pablo Picasso" (John Cale/Jonathan Richman) – 4:06
  3. "Never Get Old" – 4:25
  4. "The Loneliest Guy" – 4:11
  5. "Looking for Water" – 3:28
  6. "She'll Drive the Big Car" – 4:35
  7. "Days" – 3:19
  8. "Fall Dog Bombs the Moon" – 4:04
  9. "Try Some, Buy Some" (George Harrison) – 4:24
  10. "Reality" – 4:23
  11. "Bring Me the Disco King" – 7:45

Limited edition bonus disc

  1. "Fly" – 4:10
  2. "Queen of All the Tarts (Overture)" – 2:53
  3. "Rebel Rebel" (2002 re-recording) – 3:10

Limited DVD tour edition

The DVD features a promotional concert where the whole album was played live track by track. It was recorded at the Riverside Studiosmarker, Hammersmithmarker, London, 8 September 2003. On the regular CD a recording of The Kinks song "Waterloo Sunset" was released as a bonus track. On the Canadian reissue, the live DVD was truncated down to five tracks, while the Japanese release did not include "Waterloo Sunset" as a bonus.

DualDisc edition

A DualDisc edition was released initially in the Boston and Seattle regions of the US only. The CD-side contains the album, whereas the DVD-side contains the album in 5.1 surround sound and bonus material (photo gallery, lyrics, biography and discography). Of most interest is the otherwise unavailable Reality film featuring full length videos of "Never Get Old", "The Loneliest Guy", "Bring Me the Disco King" and "New Killer Star". About half a year later this edition was released countrywide in the US and Canada.


Additional personnel


Year Chart Position
2003 Norwaymarker Albums Chart 2
2003 UK Albums Chart 3
2003 Billboard 200 29
2003 Euro Albums Chart 1


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