Up

Up

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by Peter Gabriel
     
 

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Ten years is a long time, especially in pop music, but waiting ten years to deliver an album is a clear sign that you're not all that interested in the pop game anyway. Such is the case with Peter Gabriel, who delivered Up in 2002, a decade after Us and four years after he announced its title. Perhaps appropriately, Up sounds like an albumSee more details below

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Ten years is a long time, especially in pop music, but waiting ten years to deliver an album is a clear sign that you're not all that interested in the pop game anyway. Such is the case with Peter Gabriel, who delivered Up in 2002, a decade after Us and four years after he announced its title. Perhaps appropriately, Up sounds like an album that was ten years in the making, revealing not just its pleasures but its intent very, very slowly. This is not an accessible record, nor is it easy to warm up to, which means that many may dismiss it upon a single listen or two, never giving it the time it demands in order to be understood (it does not help matters that the one attempt at a single is the ham-fisted, wrong-headed trash-TV "satire" "The Barry Williams Show," which feels utterly forced and out of place here, as if Geffen was pleading for anything resembling a single to add to the album). Really, there is no other choice for an artist as somber and ambitious as Gabriel to craft an album as dense as Up; those who have waited diligently for ten years would be disappointed with anything less and, frankly, they're the only audience that matters after a decade. And they're not likely to be disappointed, since this album grows stronger, revealing more with each listen. Initially, it seems to simply carry on the calmer, darker recesses of Us, but this is an uncompromising affair, which is to its advantage, since Gabriel delves deeper into darkness, grief, and meditation. It may take a while for him to emerge from the darkness -- there is little of the comfort of a "Come Talk to Me" or "Blood of Eden," which are immediately soothing on Us -- but there are glimmers of hope throughout the album, even in its darkest moments. Again, it takes awhile to sort all this out -- to unlock the form of the songs, then their meanings -- and it's such a somber, hushed, insular affair that some dedicated listeners may not bother to spin it the appropriate number of times. But those serious fans who want to spend time with this will find that it does pay back many rewards.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Real World Prod. Ltd
UPC:
0180030000741
catalogNumber:
74
Rank:
35955

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Gabriel   Primary Artist,Organ,Harmonica,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Tom-Tom,Sampling,Mellotron,Crotale,Sampled Guitar,Telecaster,Jam Man
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan   Vocals
David Sancious   Hammond Organ
Black Dyke Band   Brass
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Double Violin
Mark Berrow   Violin
Jon Brion   Mandolin,chamberlain
Roger Chase   Viola
Steve Gadd   Percussion,Drums
Peter Green   Guitar
Stephen Hague   Percussion
Hossam Ramzy   Tabla
Manu Katché   Drums
Daniel Lanois   Guitar,Percussion
Tony Levin   Bass
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Martin Loveday   Cello
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
David Rhodes   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Robert Smissen   Viola
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Danny Thompson   Double Bass
Ben Chappell   Cello
Peter Lale   Viola
Jon Evans-Jones   Violin
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Richard Chappell   Percussion
Ged Lynch   Percussion,Drums
Dominic Greensmith   Drums
Johnny Kalsi   Drums
Julian Leaper   Violin
Donald McVay   Viola
Sally Larkin   Background Vocals
Will White   Percussion
Rebecca Hirsch   Violin
Antonia Fuchs   Violin
Dominique Mahut   Percussion
Dhol Foundation   Dhol
Blind Boys of Alabama   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Power   Drums
Melanie Gabriel   Background Vocals
Gavin Wright   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Christian le Chevretel   Trumpet
Peter Hanson   Violin
Ad Chivers   Background Vocals
Richard Evans   Acoustic Guitar,Recorder
Chris Lawrence   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Peter Gabriel   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Original Design Concept,String Samples
David Bottrill   Sample Engineering
Tony Cousins   Mastering
Pete Davis   Programming
Bob Ezrin   Brass Arrangment
Stephen Hague   Producer
Chris Hughes   drum programming
Steve Orchard   Engineer
Steve Osborne   Additional Production
Edward Shearmur   Brass Arrangment
Ben Findlay   Engineer
Will Gregory   String Arrangements
Richard Chappell   Programming,Engineer
Alex Swift   Programming
Marc Bessant   Original Design Concept
Nick Ingham   Orchestration
Mike Large   Advisor
Derke Zuzarte   Engineer
Steve McLaughlin   Engineer
Richard Evans   Engineer
Annie Parsons   Personal Assistant
Dilly Gent   Photo Coordination

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