'Where Are We Now?', released on Monday night on the eve of his 66th birthday, is Bowie's first new song in 10-years. It finds him sounding melancholic, reflective (on his legendary Berlin period judging by the places name checked in the song) and in excellent form.
The vocals are exquisite and exceptional, the production and music sound almost familiar, so the announcement that it was produced by long-term producer of choice Tony Visconti, was no real surprise. The fact that they have recorded an album is.
The music builds into an almost marching beat towards the conclusion of the song, with Bowie sounding terrific in the '... as long as there's fire, as long as there's me, as long as there's you' section.
2013 seems like a perfect time for Bowie to return; a true artist, a chameleon, someone with a voice and the intelligence to use it in verse and in press. Judging by the way twitter went into meltdown, there are plenty of people who want to hear more from Bowie, on this evidence I am most definitely one of them.