I think it's lovely. Great surprise to start the day, too.
I heard it on R4 too which was a total surprise, so rushed to listen to it. It is a slow burner, I agree but I love it - and those raspy vocals! I take it some don't agree with the Telegraph's review, then?
"Lush, stately, beautifully strange, weaving resonant piano chords, decaying synths and echoing drums around a simple chord progression and a weary, tenderly understated, quietly defiant vocal, David Bowie’s elegiac new single may be the most surprising, perfect and welcome comeback in rock history."