about the mastering.
Just because some like to mock Sam's questions and/or style, doesn't mean these are not fair concerns - shared by many, audiophile or not.
I've given up on Bowie CD's largely, I listen to vinyl transfers or similar.
It is sad that those responsible for mastering and marketing Bowie's music are chasing a market that a) isn't wholly there (not everyone wants music mastered that way)
b) may put off some.
There is no easy answer, as trends - in sound or otherwise - can create an expectation.
However the fact that vinyl has made a comeback means some prefer the natural sound.
Believe it or not, the latter can be achieved on CD. It does not have to be pushed to the limits, leaving no headroom (look it up, naysayers), or harshly mixed, either.