Months after they appeared on the Lazarus cast album, David Bowie’s final three studio recordings now anchor a stand-alone, four-song EP titled No Plan.
Opening with the re-released “Lazarus,” one of the standout cuts from Bowie’s swan song LP, ★, No Plan begins with a sad reminder: “Look up here, I’m in heaven,” Bowie sings in a voice that sounds remarkably similar to the one that introduced itself with Ground control to Major Tom on 1969′s “Space Oddity.”
While nothing on ★ bore any musical resemblance to anything that came before – by Bowie or anyone else – the three new cuts have obvious roots.
The title track is a far-out cousin of Pink Floyd’s “Us and Them,” while, the spasmodic “Killing a Little Time” and the anthemic “When I Met You” would sound at home on Lodger and Diamond Dogs, respectively.
Coming as it did on Jan. 8, the one-year anniversary of ★’s release and what should have been Bowie’s 70th birthday and two days before the one-year anniversary of Bowie’s Jan. 10, 2017, death, the bittersweet No Plan is an unexpected and exquisite postscript to Bowie’s parting musical gift.