What with all the coverage The Next Day and ★ have received over the last couple of years, it’s well worth revisiting the design of Heathen, Jonathan Barnbrook's first collaboration with Bowie (and photographer Markus Klinko). Between those three albums, there’s an interesting thread of distorted type and obscured portraiture – Barnbrook hides Bowie's eyes with pearly eeriness, bandages or a bloody great big white square. With Heathen, his rampage is out of control; scratching out the eyes of Carlo Dolci’s Maria Maddalena and Raffaello Sanzio’s St Sebastian among others. The whole thing oozes wickedness.
Also, it’s a cracking album.