Drum & Bass Electronic

Ed Power on David Bowie's drum & bass phase of the 90s

david bowie - earthling album cover

Bowie may have been afraid of Americans but his critics weren’t afraid of lambasting Earthling.

One of the most maligned eras of David Bowie’s musical legacy was his mid-to-late 90s forays into electronic music, particularly on ‘Earthling‘. Ed Power believed the criticism was harsh and wrote in defence of the album and Bowie’s D&B phase:

The idea that someone who had been putting out LPs for nearly three decades would still aspire to forging ahead creatively was regarded as absurd and slightly embarrassing. Especially at a time when younger artists – Blur and Oasis in particular – were unashamedly picking the pockets of pop’s past.

[…] Even today, Earthling does not always receive the credit it deserves among Bowie fans. Along with its 1995 cyber-noir predecessor Outside, there’s a case that it represents the most unheralded phase of his career. Still, those that liked it were steadfast in their enthusiasm.

Everyone’s a critic, right?

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