- The Boy In the Bubble
- Après Moi
- The Drop
- Washing of the Water
- The Book of Love
- The Power of the Heart
- San Jacinto
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Capturing a concert held at London's Hammersmith Apollo in March of 2011, several months prior to the release of his re-interpretive record New Blood, the double-disc Live Blood sounds very similar to the subsequent LP and its 2010 predecessor Scratch My Back...as well it should, as all the performances are based on the same austere arrangements. Gabriel is fascinated by subtleties that lie within an orchestra, so the music on Live Blood doesn't pummel, it creeps, slowly working its way underneath the skin. As such, Live Blood doesn't feel quite as visceral as Gabriel's previous live albums do: it's pitched at the head, not the heart. That means that it requires concentration without quite demanding it, so it can be difficult to meet Live Blood halfway, and its sly, delicately textured rewards are ones to appreciate and ponder, not to cherish.
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Live Blood, Peter Gabriel’s latest orchestral foray, is unlikely to convert his skeptics or disappoint very many of his fans. Disc 1 contains several covers from his Scratch My Back project. Only Paul Simon’s Boy in the Bubble made an impression on me, causing me to wonder if that CD is worth buying. After PG turns exclusively to his own compositions, the concert improves. Disc 2 is the stronger of the CDs. Overall, it is enjoyable, but not revelatory. I think this set might be a little better than New Blood, his recent studio orchestra update of many of these songs. I’ll give it 3 ½ stars.