I just picked up the album tonight, it's my first ever David Bowie album (apart from the Best Of Bowie compilation I have). Regarding the compilation, already by listening to this album I get a sense of how a compilation of Bowie does little justice to sum up why he's a brilliant artist. Truthfully, I got the compilation back around five years ago and only ended up giving it a total of a dozen listens after I got the satisfaction from the hits I was listening for. Whereas, with The Next Day, the listen is so much more affecting because each idea bleeds into the next. Although I know very little about Bowie, I get the impression that when he writes songs, he writes them as part of a bigger picture rather than one-shot gimmicks which is why a compilation does little to sum him up given that each of the tracks are from completely different states of artistic consciousness in Bowie's mind. As for The Next Day, I love it. I'm halfway through the album now and just blown away. The Next Day, The Stars, Love Is Lost and Valentines Day are the standout tracks so far. Even Where Are We Now has grown on me now that it exists within the context of the album. The varied modern groove of each track makes me forget that I am listening to an artist in his mid 60s. Just incredible. I love this album and I now truly love Bowie. I'm now a fan. Where to next?