This album has received some negative reviews, because people are making the mistake of comparing it to Passion, which is Peter Gabriel's musical masterpiece and a setter of impossibly high standards. Long Walk Home is a much smoother, less eclectic work which really can be listened to as background music (not a bad thing). It flows consistently and constantly in a way no other Gabriel soundtrack does, and if that means a little dedicated listening to discern the subtle variations and changes, then so be it. Just like Reign in Blood, Roots and Awake, you have to make an investment to tease out the hidden treasures of what at first listen may appear to be a uniform mass. Jigalong, Running to the Rain, The Recapture of Gracie, The Return and the closing Cloudless are the standouts, each possessed of a truly shiver-inducing melody, and the interim pieces connect perfectly. There is no weak link here whatsoever (the same cannot be said of Passion, Birdy, or Ovo). The recycling of the melody of 'The Nest that Sailed the Sky', from the Ovo album, is the only questionable moment, but it still fits in seamlessly, of course. A definite grower. Do not believe the hacks in the music press, who doubtless have listened to this beautiful record once, comprehensively missed the point and awarded it a low mark out of five/ten (a childish way to judge art in any case) - trust your own ears, and let Long Walk Home work its slow, gentle magic on you. The rewards will be immense.
Stylisitically, this soundtrack resembles Birdy in that it is organic, slow moving, quite dark and atmosphere presides over melody. It is, however, not as minimalist as Birdy in its musical palette. Traditional Gabriel sounds are here, such as fuzzy guitar chords and thunderous percussion, but they are very low in the mix and the bulk of the album is carried by shifting and layered synthesised textures occasionally punctuated by quite stirring passages for string ensemble. It is a logical development of some of the instrumental passages on Ovo. It isn't really possible to pick out stand-out tracks, as the album pretty much has to be listened to whole to get the most out of it.
I'd not heard this album before I got this edition. I was concerned about the long durations of the sides compromising the audio (at least one side is over 16 minutes) but it sounds great. The pressing appeared to be much better than Birdy which is just as well as there are many quiet passages. These quiet passages also allow closer cutting and therefore longer sides! I found the music more atmospheric and more interesting than Birdy and many of the tracks are longer which gives time to pay attention and get absorbed. Lovely sound on it too. Download options are again 24/44.1 WAV or 16/44.1 ALAC.
This is the soundtrack to an Australian film "Rabbit-Proof Fence". It is new stuff except for the (very effective) recycling of a certain motif from OVO. Gabriel is as eclectic as ever, drawing on a wide range of world music with a substantial Australian Aboriginal input. I have all of PG's previous soundtracks but have never felt the need to see any of the films. The characteristically atmospheric and emotion-charged music of "Long Walk Home" likewise stands alone. Highly recommended.
'Long Walk Home' is the beautiful, atmospheric soundtrack to Rabbit Proof Fence as composed by Peter Gabriel. Don't expect the exuberance of songs like 'Sledgehammer', this is moving, evocative music to completely immerse yourself in. It is best listened to as a complete album, as it builds throughout and is a rich, stirring experience. I love the film, and have to say I love the soundtrack more. This album has wonderful aboriginal influences and a stirring performance from the Blind Boys of Alabama, that was subsequently used by Gabriel on his 'Up' album to great effect. I highly rate and recommend this album, it is less accessible than other Gabriel albums, but every second is a moving and life enhancing experience.
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This is the first & only Peter Gabriel record I'll own. Why? - because nothing can acsend this in terms of quality, mood, passion and originality. It fits in perfectly with the themes of the film and was a truly great piece of work from Mr Gabriel, resulting in a well deserved Golden Globe nomination. I'd reccommend that you hear it all the way through when in an contemplatative mood. Cut yourself off from the World and let your mind drift...