To borrow a line from the great Mark Twain, the rumors of David Bowie’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

A decade after health issues forced Bowie to cancel his Reality Tour, most people assumed the singer had retired from music – and with good reason. The once-prolific artist rarely would appear in public, let alone release new music or perform live shows. The speculation amused him, but also gave him the space and time to ready one of the more ambitious albums of his career.

Let’s get this out in the open: The Next Day is not a David Bowie victory lap. There are no cover songs and no half-baked collaborations with other aging musicians. If you don’t believe us, check out the audacious cover art.

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Look familiar? It should. It’s the cover art to Bowie’s revered Heroes, with that album’s title crossed out and his face obscured by a white box. The name, The Next Day, likely references the chorus from Heroes’ title track – “We could be heroes, for just one day.” So what happens on the day after?

Amazing music, that’s what. “Where are We Now” lyrically references Bowie’s Berlin period, while “You Feel So Lonely You Could Die” unmistakably closes out with the same drum beat that opened Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ “Five Years.” But don’t just take our word for it – give it a listen and see what you can unravel. The tracks are all easily accessible by themselves, but you’re going to need multiple listens to sort through the album as a whole.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to see these new tracks live. Bowie has not announced tour dates yet, but producer Tony Visconti hints that the singer is more open to the possibility than he has been at any point in the last decade. Show David Bowie how much you’re dying for him to tour again – Demand a show in your city!