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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
  • UPC: 180030000741
  • Catalog Number: 74
  • Sales rank: 33,735

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Darkness (6:51)
  2. 2 Growing Up (7:33)
  3. 3 Sky Blue (6:37)
  4. 4 No Way Out (7:53)
  5. 5 I Grieve (7:24)
  6. 6 The Barry Williams Show (7:15)
  7. 7 My Head Sounds Like That (6:29)
  8. 8 More Than This (6:02)
  9. 9 Signal To Noise (7:36)
  10. 10 The Drop (3:01)
  11. 11 [CD-ROM Track]
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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
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
The 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
Five 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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