CD Up [Digipak] [Peter Gabriel] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 6976057),
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Up [Digipak] [Peter Gabriel] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Darkness
    2. Growing Up
    3. Sky Blue
    4. No Way Out
    5. I Grieve
    6. Barry Williams Show, The
    7. My Head Sounds Like That
    8. More Than This
    9. Signal to Noise
    10. Drop, The
    11. [CD-ROM Track]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11

  • Credits
    EngineerSteve McLaughlin; Derke Zuzarte; Richard Chappell; Steve Orchard; Ben Findlay; Richard Evans

    This is an Enhanced CD, which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
    Personnel includes: Peter Gabriel (vocals, arranger, guitar, piano, harmonium, organ, Mellotron, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, prgramming, samples); Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (vocals); Richard Evans (acoustic guitar); David Rhodes (guitar, background vocals); Daniel Lanois, Peter Green, Tony Berg (guitar); John Brion (mandolin, chamberlin); Shankar (violin); The London Session Orchestra (strings); Christian Le Chevretel (trumpet); The Black Dyke Band (horns); David Sancious (Hammond B-3 organ); Danny Thompson, Tony Levin (bass); Manu Katche, Steve Gadd, Dominic Greensmith, Dave Power (drums); Richard Chappell (percussion, programming); Will White, Stephen Hague, Manhut Dominique (percussion); The Blind Boys Of Alabama (background vocals).
    Producers: Peter Gabriel, Steve Osborne, Stephen Hague.
    Principally recorded at Real World, Box, England; Air Lyndhurst, England; and
    Hype Studios, Singapore.
    "The Barry Williams Show" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
    Personnel: Julian Leaper, Chris Tombling, Mark Berrow, Gavin Wright, Rebecca Hirsch, Antonia Fuchs, Peter Hanson , Jon Evans-Jones, Patrick Kiernan, Boguslaw Kostecki, Cathy Thompson, Jackie Shave (violin); Donald McVay, Robert Smissen, Roger Chase, Peter Lale (viola); Ben Chappell, David Daniels , Martin Loveday, Anthony Pleeth (cello); Chris Lawrence , Mary Scully (double bass); Johnny Kalsi (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Tchad Blake.
    Recording information: Air, Lyndhurst, England; France; Hype Studios, Singapore; Real World Studios, Box, England; Senegal.
    Photographers: Kurt Hentschlager; Adam Fuss; Shomei Tomatsu; Arno Rafael Minkkinen; Ulf Langheinrich; Susan Derges; Granular Synthesis; Mari Mahr; M. Richard Kirstel; Paul Thorel; Michal Rovner.
    Though much effort has obviously been put into the sonic details of UP's production, and to fine effect, the album seems to represent not so much a new direction for Peter Gabriel, but rather a consolidation of the styles he's mined in preceding years. For instance, the opening track "Darkness" combines the dark, tension-filled paranoia of Gabriel's third self-titled album with the positive, seemingly therapy-derived lyrical direction of US's "Digging in the Dirt." Similarly, the heartworn emotionality of "No Way Out" brings to mind US's "Red Rain," but adds some slinky spy-movie guitar lines.
    With a decade passing since his last album of new songs, Gabriel clearly has much to say, and accordingly most tracks hover around the seven-minute mark and are filled with sophisticated, enticing touches in an agreeable electronic/organic blend. With nothing to prove anymore, Gabriel sounds appropriately unconcerned about commerciality, as the only thing that comes within shouting distance of an "accessible" track is the TV-sensationalism parody "The Barry Williams Show," whose length and gritty lyrics make it an unlikely candidate for the top 40. In the end, UP is the sound of a mature artist pursuing the perfection of his craft, giving little thought to anything but the realization of his distinctive artistic vision.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (9/27/02, p.86) - "...Those who value the emotional nakedness of his best work will find much to treasure here..." - Rating: A-
    Q (10/02, p.107) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...As good as anything he's done....Gabriel is mesmerising..."
    Uncut (10/02, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...clever and theatrical songs that combine technology with emotion...all assembled with an obsessive attention to detail...Nobody else could have come up with such an exotic concoction."
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