In Young Americans David Bowie is caught in between Ziggy Stardust and his Berlin period, which would peak with the “Heroes” album. Here instead is a rather commercial album, heavily influenced by Gamble & Huff‘s “Philly Sound“, which was then evolving soul into disco.
To be honest there’s more to Young Americans than disco, from echoes of early Roxy Music (I wonder who influenced whom?) to John Lennon, who is present as performer and co-author of “Fame“, the album’s most notable and successful song. Lennon is also paid homage to by the inclusion of a rather anonymous cover of the Beatles‘ “Across the Universe“.
All in all not a bad record, but certainly not one of Bowie’s best. Even among his forays into dance music I find Let’s Dance to be a better achievement.