David Bowie: "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)"

For five decades, David Bowie has asked his fans to suspend their disbelief and accept each new phase of his career: Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, reclusive genius. His latest curveball – a depressing, dramatic, impressionistic jazz-pop odyssey about a fated relationship that plays out over more than seven minutes – fits his M.O. perfectly. The musical and emotional torrents of "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" swell and subside unpredictably as a chorus of flickering horns and skittering, be-bopping drums flit about Bowie's quivering narrative about hope and hopelessness, love and infidelity, virginity and motherhood. It's always captivating – and the outlandishly chaotic B-side, "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore," is even more subversive.