Earthling

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 pre-existing 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 pre-existing 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972408125
  • Catalog Number: 724081
  • Sales rank: 38,393

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Wonder - Reeves Gabrels (6:02)
  2. 2 Looking for Satellites - Reeves Gabrels (5:20)
  3. 3 Battle for Britain (The Letter) - Reeves Gabrels (4:49)
  4. 4 Seven Years in Tibet - Reeves Gabrels (6:21)
  5. 5 Dead Man Walking - Reeves Gabrels (7:26)
  6. 6 Telling Lies - Reeves Gabrels (4:50)
  7. 7 The Last Thing You Should Do - Reeves Gabrels (4:57)
  8. 8 I'm Afraid of Americans - Reeves Gabrels (5:00)
  9. 9 Law (Earthlings on Fire) - Reeves Gabrels (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Bowie Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Sampling
Mike Garson Piano, Keyboards
Gail Ann Dorsey Bass, Vocals
Zachary Alford Percussion, Drums, Acoustic Bass, electronic percussion, Drum Loop, Electronic Drums
Reeves Gabrels Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals, Sampling, Sampled Guitar, Sampling Instruments
Mark Plati Keyboards, Sampling, Loops
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer, Producer, Art Direction, Video Stills
Zachary Alford drum programming
Reeves Gabrels Composer, Programming, Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mark Plati Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Sample Arrangements
Frank Ockenfels Portrait Photography
Alexander McQueen Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bowie Makes History - Again!

    I have found Earthling to be a truely gratifying disc, I have nothing negative to say about it. All of the songs have a unique sparkle and bring vivid images to my mind. The album flows well, and the order makes sense. Each song has a story that adds to the meaning of the disc. I was going to list my favorite songs, but I enjoy them all for different reasons. I can't listen to this album enough and it will always be one of my favorites.

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