Earthling

Performers David Bowie

Virgin | January 4, 2005 | Compact Disc

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Jumping on the post-grunge industrial bandwagon with Outside didn't successfully rejuvenate David Bowie's credibility or sales, so he switched his allegiance to techno and jungle for the follow-up, Earthling. While jungle is a more appropriate fit than industrial, the resulting music is nearly as awkward. Though he often gets the sound of jungle right, the record frequently sounds as if the beats were simply grafted on top of preexisting songs. Never are the songs broken open by a new form; they are fairly conventional Bowie songs with fancy production. Fortunately, Bowie sounds rejuvenated by this new form, and songs like "Little Wonder" and "Seven Years in Tibet" are far stronger than the bulk of Outside. Still, the record falls short of its goals, and it doesn't offer enough intrigue or innovations to make Earthling anything more than an admirable effort. [This version of the release includes an additional CD of bonus material.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 4, 2005

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Originally Released: 1997

Label Name: Virgin

UPC: 5099751193593

Found in: Art Rock, Art Rock

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Earthling

Performers David Bowie
Guest Artist(s) Gail Ann Dorsey, Mike Garson, Reeves Gabrels

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 4, 2005

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Originally Released: 1997

Label Name: Virgin

UPC: 5099751193593


Title Track Time
1.Little Wonder - (studio) --
2.Looking For Satellites - (studio) --
3.Battle For Britain (the Letter) - (studio) --
4.Seven Years In Tibet - (studio) --
5.Dead Man Walking Telling Lies - (studio) --
6.Last Thing You Should Do - (studio) --
7.I'm Afraid Of Americans - (studio) --
8.Law (earthlings On Fire) - (studio) --
9.Little Wonder (censored Video Edit) - (studio) --
10.Little Wonder (junior Vasquez Club Mix) - (studio) --
11.Little Wonder (danny Saber Dance Mix) - (studio) --
12.Seven Years In Tibet (mandarin Version) - (studio) --
13.Dead Man Walking (moby Mix) - (studio) --
14.Dead Man Walking (moby Mix 2 Us Promo 12") - (studio) --
15.Telling Lies (feelgood Mix) - (studio) --
16.Telling Lies (paradox Mix) - (studio) --
17.I'm Afraid Of Americans (show Girls Ost Version) - (studio) --
18.I'm Afraid Of Americans (nin V.1 Mix) - (studio) --
19.I'm Afraid Of Americans (nine Inch Nails V1 Clean Edit) - (studio) --
20.V-2 Schneider (tao Jones Index) - (studio) --
21.Pallas Athena (tao Jones Index) - (studio) --

Editorial Notes

Jumping on the post-grunge industrial bandwagon with Outside didn't successfully rejuvenate David Bowie's credibility or sales, so he switched his allegiance to techno and jungle for the follow-up, Earthling. While jungle is a more appropriate fit than industrial, the resulting music is nearly as awkward. Though he often gets the sound of jungle right, the record frequently sounds as if the beats were simply grafted on top of preexisting songs. Never are the songs broken open by a new form; they are fairly conventional Bowie songs with fancy production. Fortunately, Bowie sounds rejuvenated by this new form, and songs like "Little Wonder" and "Seven Years in Tibet" are far stronger than the bulk of Outside. Still, the record falls short of its goals, and it doesn't offer enough intrigue or innovations to make Earthling anything more than an admirable effort. [This version of the release includes an additional CD of bonus material.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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