Earthling (studio album) by David Bowie

Earthling
Earthling by David Bowie
Year: 1997
Overall rank: 4,444th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
71/100 (from 225 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1997 (81st)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (800th)
Award Best albums of all time (4,444th)
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Earthling by David Bowie (CD, Feb-1997, Virgin)
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David Bowie bestography

Earthling is ranked 20th best out of 77 albums by David Bowie on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by David Bowie is The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars which is ranked number 9 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 63,512.

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From 05/11/2020 10:13
This to me is proof of the man's genius. Its by no means a great album, but for a 50 year old man to not only record a drum'n'bass album, but actually do a decent job shows how remarkable he was.
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70/100
From 12/31/2019 19:02
Interesting experiment.
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85/100
From 06/01/2018 11:06
A 50 year old David introduces some drum & bass elements, prompting a predictable ageist & crass negative response from many "open-minded" music followers and critics.
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75/100
From 03/11/2018 01:01
This is actualy a kinda interesting album, it should definitely be I little higher in his discog
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70/100
From 02/19/2018 20:42
Ho sempre sostenuto che l'ultimo disco di Bowie che contenesse delle canzoni che valessero davvero la pena di essere ascoltate fosse questo ( almeno fino a prima dell'uscita di "Blackstar" ); riascoltando i lavori successivi non mi sono ricreduto, se non in minima parte. La prime quattro canzoni di "Earthlin", infatti, hanno creatività, ritmo, melodia e sono al passo coi tempi ( la jungle ) senza che questo significhi inseguire effimere mode leggere e superflue, cosa che invece purtroppo si può dire in parte delle altre cinque...
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80/100
From 01/06/2018 16:27
One of Bowie's less notable albums, Earthling is one of Bowie's mid-range works. The only track that really stands out is Seven Years in Tibet, but I can't say there's a bad song on here.
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From 09/13/2016 17:02
David Bowie on this album is no longer the innovator, he's now trying to fit in with the sounds of the time. It just sounds forced to me, only on, I'm afraid of Americans, does he sound like he's not trying to convince us and maybe himself. Bowie needs to relax, he's trying way too hard here. A very disappointing album.
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75/100
From 02/01/2016 12:03
If this record would have been released by anyone else but David Bowie it would get more respect. I admit it is a little long and some of the tracks could have been eliminated. You can't help but compare it to his classic albums but hey it's better than anything the Stones have released in the last twenty years.
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From 01/12/2016 09:17
It gets tiresome after a while, an experiment which did not work out quite as it should have. However, there are still some good tracks on it - I like Little Wonder and The Last Thing You Should Do in particular.
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From 04/10/2015 10:49
This album has never been very popular but I actually quite like it.I think the album should have been about 8-10 mins shorter though as some of the tracks are a bit long and outstay their welcome.Seven Years in Tibet is my personal favorite on album.
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