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  • 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 (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Darkness
2. Growing Up
3. Sky Blue
4. No Way Out
5. I Grieve
6. The Barry Williams Show
7. My Head Sounds Like That
8. More Than This
9. Signal To Noise
10. The Drop

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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 Wills

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful By JonnyD75 on 7 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Up is the first song based album release for almost a decade. The subject matter is dark, death a common theme featuring on four separate tracks, but this album shows Peter at his most creative and innovative in twenty years. Indeed, the commercial sounds of So and Us are dispensed with and the arty, complex and dense layered sounds of his third and fourth albums reappear.
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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C HARMONY on 24 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Peter Gabriels UP is a brilliant combination of his early solo albums Melt and Security with his amazing soundtrack for Last Temptation of Christ "Passion", with a whole lot of new millenium technology and sound thrown in. It has echos of the more ambient and ethereal songs on So, such as Red Rain and Mercy Street. Gabriel always up to date with technology, is once again in top form. The lyrics are the best he has penned since Security. The opener "Darkness" kicks off the album with a bang, with an ear bleeding screech of guitars and keyboards, then jumps back and forth between gentle piano. "Growing Up" is a mix of early Genesis art with techno beats. "Sky Blue" is the most moving song Gabriel has written in decades.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug Strider on 24 Sept. 2002
Format: Vinyl
From the shock tactic opening killer 'Darkness', you can be sure that you have trespassed in Gabriel's World. Before you are allowed to go free, you'll have to reside for a while and focus on the surroundings, eloquently delivered, by your most expressive host.
First track, 'Darkness', is going to mug your soul. It's a rare Gabriel track, one that is instantly in there, never to be forgotten. As other tracks are left to grow on you, this opener has already taken root.
It's been a painful wait for this album and it's obvious that based on the recognisable Gabriel touch, a whole decade of further influences have been shaped and moulded.
'Growing Up' has a more retro feel, an old style comfortably waiting to be heard. 'Sky Blue' is also very reminiscent of his early work, hints of 'So', and a very welcome feeling it gives too.
'No Way Out' is barely a departure, nothing scarily unfamiliar, just mellow and mixed. Uncertain of it's identity of era, it's one of the more worthwhile tracks.
'I Grieve' is a typically heartfelt affair, slightly overshadowed by the next track, 'The Barry Williams Show', the more up-beat, down-morals number punctuated by Tony Levin's unmistakable Bass.
'My Head Sounds Like That' gets the nerves back together and brings you down in a similar, rather spooky, vein to 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' of old. While 'More Than This' gives back some sense of reality, 'Signal To Noise' will just pitch you right back. Teasing you with the regular normality at the start, this finishes off as something close to epic.
And relax. The last track, 'The Drop', will ease you back with a slightly more improved perception of the world.
Typically, Gabriel brings together some outstanding musicians from the globe and, at long bloody last, gives us another worthy work of art.
Slightly more sinister perhaps, or just my own paranoia, on the sleeve notes it is written: "...and to Martin - we will miss you."
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
Peter Gabriel has always produced music that sounds interesting, sometimes because of its melody (such as Solsbury Hill), originality (Games Without Frontiers) or its emotion (Don't Give Up). This album is no different.
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.
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