When, a couple of months ago, Bowie released “Where Are We Now”, I hated it (the song, not the fact that he makes music again) but the truth is, when comparing it to the rest of the album, it is actually good. I also liked one of the bonus tracks, “Plan” (I got the Deluxe edition) which is in fact used as an intro to “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” video. “Heat” is also quite interesting – cinematic, almost. And “Love Is Lost”, perhaps.
What if he hired random musicians from the street? They would fight over character and soul rather than simply perform a melody and go along with it.