It’s been a decade since David Bowie released new music, thus he took us (and the world) by surprise when he released a new single last month. The album, The Next Day, is set for release on March 8, but you can stream it live for free on iTunes.

After a quick listen, we are happy to say the album is top notch. There are 14 songs, and Bowie does not dwell in the past. The songs are punchy and jagged, fitting comfortably in the canon of Bowie music.

Critics seem to agree. Take a look, then head on over to iTunes for a free listen.

It is an enormous pleasure to report that the new David Bowie album is an absolute wonder: urgent, sharp-edged, bold, beautiful and baffling, an intellectually stimulating, emotionally charged, musically jagged, electric bolt through his own mythos and the mixed-up, celebrity-obsessed, war-torn world of the 21st century.Daily Telegraph

Emerging gracefully from the ten-year retirement party we all threw for him, David Bowie has turned out a truly great (it didn’t even need to be… but it is) record into to a world no longer accustomed to great records or the lonely aliens who make them.ology.com

No comeback in the history of music comes close to this record, which amplifies like nothing else Bowie’s incredible affinity for lyrical imagery and the conveying of beauty and sadness through words. He does people like Bob Dylan, Hemingway, Nabokov and Joyce proud. The Next Day is one of the finest albums I’ve ever heard – it’s a triumph.whatculture.com