Lazarus is the only track on ★ also featured in the stage production Lazarus written by Bowie and Enda Walsh and directed by Ivo Van Hove, which opened December 7 in New York to great critical acclaim. The New York Times raved "Ice-cold bolts of ecstasy shoot like novas through the glamorous muddle and murk of Lazarus, the great-sounding, great-looking and mind-numbing new musical built around songs by David Bowie,” while Rolling Stone hailed Lazarus as a “Surrealistic Tour de Force… milk-swimming, lingerie-sniffing, gin-chugging theater at its finest.”
As for ★:
MOJO ‘Almighty levels of intensity’ Four stars
UNCUT ‘Welcome to Bowie’s (latest) musical Year Zero’ 8/10
Q ‘In essence ★ can be seen as a fourth addition to the Berlin trilogy of albums’ Four stars
★ will be released January 8, 2016 in ISO/RCA Records.