- Audio CD (23 Sept. 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B00006I9K3
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Peter GABRIEL Up CD
That Up exists at all is faintly miraculous. Over the past seven years, with guests including Youssou N'Dour, Peter Green, Blind Boys of Alabama and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Peter Gabriel has held recording sessions in Senegal, Atlanta, Singapore, the French Alps and on a boat on the Amazon, as well as spending lengthy sojourns in his own Real World studios.
Having written and prepared over 150 songs, it's amazing that Gabriel's managed to cut this huge body of work down to just 11 tracks. It's still more amazing that these tracks should be so consistent, and so contemporary. This quality springs from a thoughtful (and rare) layering process, with Gabriel combining his usual tribal rhythms with complex backing vocals, myriad samples, rock guitars, deep piano and--crucially--electronic sound effects. Indeed, the opening "Darkness" begins like the Prodigy before slipping into a quiet discussion of vulnerability and fear.
Elsewhere, there is the funky gospel-rock of "Burn You Up, Burn You Down", the dreamy, Peter Hammill-like fragility of "The Drop" and the vocal pyrotechnics and orchestral heights of "Signal to Noise". Throughout, Gabriel uses water metaphors, from droplets to oceans, to examine human troubles and put forward his positivist message. It's all brilliantly done--sophisticated and soulful both. The man's a marvel, and this is a big, big hit. --Dominic WillsSee all Product Description
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The variety of styles is wide, from electronica, naked vocals and cinematic orchestrations. One track, The Drop, features here in its demo form complete with vocal and piano errors and background noises. Throughout, the sound is demanding and nuances are only revealed on repeated listens. The quality of the music is consistant throughout and it is probably his most accomplished album to date. Not bad for 25 years into his solo career!
Up will certainly challenge the most loyal fan, and the beauty of some tracks is not readily apparent, growing over time. This is no coffee table CD!
If you have only heard the single, The Barry Williams Show, then do not let this colour any view - it is the weakest track. Indeed if criticism is levelled, then some of the lyrics are not of the callibre of the music, and at times the sound appears a little over produced. Disappointingly, Burn You Up, Burn You Down, one of Gabriel's funkiest tracks has been dropped from this release, despite it providing an improved balance to the record.
With his contemporaries releasing patchy affairs or stuck resting on past glories, Gabriel has forged ahead creating new pathways in his sound. At times sounding like Bjork, BT, Goldfrapp and Gus Gus, this is a very modern album.
The best way to listen to Up is from beggining to end, lights out, candles lit. Its a journey, a rollercoaster ride, an album not to be missed. My only complaint is that I have to buy the import CD now to get the song "Burn You Up, Burn You Down". Oh well. This Cd should keep fans more than happy, and gain some new ones as well. But lets hope we don't have to wait another ten years. Word is he recorded 150 songs, and that in a years time or so he will release another ten of those for an album entitled I/O (input/output). Until then, take the ride.
Though it has been in the pipeline for nearly ten years the result is a CD of breathtaking depth, sonically, musically and emotionally. This new SACD multi-channel release adds even more to the effect this CD has on the listener.
From the start with Darkness you are placed in the centre of the incredible sound, buffeted almost by the bass and textures pounding your senses. The balance is perfect, and though essentially unchanged from the earlier release the multi-channel mix takes it to another level. Gabriel isn't afraid of technology and this is evident when listening to this SACD.
A generally more up tempo release (including Growing Up, The Barry Williams Show and More Than This) the sound of the bass and drums are fantastic. Yet every note, every word is audible. My one and only complaint is on Growing Up where the vocal seems a little lost in the mix, due to it being confined to the centre speaker.
I love all the tracks, but my favourites, Sky Blue, Signal to Noise and The Drop are perfect examples of good songwriting, production and performance.
The original stereo release (available on this Hybrid SACD) was great anyway, but now it sound more complete, more involving. Simply put it's a joy to listen to. Any Gabriel fan should invest in the technology to experiance this fine piece of work. Definately 5 out of 5.
However, as I have continued to listen, the songs have grown on me more and more, each one for their own particular attention to detail and mood creation. If I were to single any track out in this respect it would be 'I Grieve' in which the muffled soundscape skillfully creates a sense of depression and despondency, opening out into a wonderful life affirming beat which almost sounds like a different song until the muffled tones take hold once more and drag the mood back into grieving.
Maybe this album is more of the same in style, but judge each song on its own merits and a little persistence will be its own reward.
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A super CD... A little dark in the material but still a must for fans.Published 8 hours ago by David Neil Bird
Peter's 8th and, up until now, last studio album.
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It's awesome, it's amazing... it's a must have for any serious recorded music collection...Published 16 months ago by Mr. G. Vranjkovic
Another great Peter Gabriel product, parts of which I had only heard on live albums before. Recommended to al lovers of Gabriel/Genesis.Published 20 months ago by D. Thompson