If David Bowie made the same album time and time again, we wouldn't like him, would we? Even if you don't love Earthling (and I do), the appeal lies in Bowie's pioneering spirit that's carried him through so many corridors of culture, sub-culture, and counter-culture.
This is Bowie's swipe at Britpop. Imagine Iggy Pop fronting a techno-Tin Machine - that'll either rattle your bones, or turn you off completely. American pop-culture gets a rollocking, drum 'n' bass beats mix with distorted guitars, and Bowie even produces two classic singles from this chaotic album - 'Little Wonder', and 'Dead Man Walking', the latter being the most over looked anthem of the nineties. If this song was released when 'Trainspotting' was being directed, Underworld would probably be lining up at the dole office right now. Honestly.
True to form, Bowie abandoned this style in favour of a fresh start after this album. His previous forays into krautrock, Philly soul, glam, jazz, pop, and so many other areas of music and art have left a trail of incredible visionary statements, and astonishing music. In 1997, at the age of 50!, he did it again. He never let us down.