Us

Us

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by Peter Gabriel
     
 

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Six years after earning his first blockbuster, Peter Gabriel finally delivered Us, his sequel to So. Clearly, that great span of time indicates that Gabriel was obsessive in crafting the album, and Us bears the sound of endless hours in the studio. It's not just that the production is pristine, clean, and immaculate, it's that the music is, withSee more details below

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Six years after earning his first blockbuster, Peter Gabriel finally delivered Us, his sequel to So. Clearly, that great span of time indicates that Gabriel was obsessive in crafting the album, and Us bears the sound of endless hours in the studio. It's not just that the production is pristine, clean, and immaculate, it's that the music is, with only a handful of exceptions (namely, the "Sledgehammer" rewrite "Steam" and the fellatio ode "Kiss That Frog"), remarkably subtle and shaded. It's also not a coincidence that Us is, as Gabriel says in his liner notes, "about relationships," since the exquisitely textured music lets him expose his soul, albeit in a typically obtuse way. Since the music is so muted, it's no surprise that the album failed to capture a mass audience the way So did, but it's foolish to expect anyone but serious fans to unravel an album this deliberate. Gabriel is as adventurous as ever, yet he is relentlessly sober about his experiments, burying exotic sounds and percussion underneath crawling tempos measured atmospherics -- this is tastefully two-toned music, assembled by a consummate craftsman who became too immersed in detail to make anything but an insular, introspective work. Some gems are easier to unearth than others -- "Digging in the Dirt" has an insistent pulse, "Blood of Eden" and "Come Talk to Me" are quite beautiful, "Secret World" is quietly anthemic -- yet, given enough time, the record's understated approach and reflection becomes its most attractive element. But it takes a lot of spins and patience to get to that point, since this is an album he made for himself, and only those dedicated to the artist will have the patience to decode it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Real World Prod. Ltd
UPC:
0180030000697
catalogNumber:
69
Rank:
6931

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Gabriel   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Percussion,Keyboards,Triangle,Vocals,Valiha,keyboard bass
Kudsi Erguner   Ney Flute
Peter Hammill   Vocals
Bobby McFerrin   Vocals
David Sancious   Organ,Piano
Rossy   Valiha
Mark Howard   Horn Engineer
John Paul Jones   Bass,Keyboards
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Violin
Caroline Barnes   Violin
Richard Blair   Keyboards
Malcolm Burn   Synthesizer Cello
Bill Dillon   Telecaster
Brian Eno   Keyboards
Habib Faye   Bass,Guitar
Hossam Ramzy   Tabla
Reggie Houston   Baritone Saxophone
Darryl Johnson   Hand Drums
Manu Katché   Percussion,Drums,Electronic Drums
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
Daniel Lanois   Dobro,Vocals,Shaker,Hi Hat,Telecaster
Tony Levin   Bass
Marilyn McFarlane   Vocals
Leo Nocentelli   Epiphone
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals
Renard Poché   Trombone
David Rhodes   Guitar,12-string Guitar,Soloist
Sonia Slany   Violin
Assane Thaim   talking drum
Ayub Ogada   Vocals
Sian Bell   Cello
Babacar Faye   Djembe
Lévon Minassian   Doudouk
Chris Ormston   Bagpipes
Doudou N'Daiye Rose   Drum Loop
Richard MacPhail   Vocals
Arona N'diaye   Djembe,Sabar
Juan Cañizares   spanish guitar
Tim Green   Tenor Saxophone
Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble   Vocals
Richard Evans   Mandolin
Soriba Kouyiate   Kora

Technical Credits

Peter Gabriel   Composer,Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements
William Orbit   Programming
Richard Blair   Programming,Engineer
David Bottrill   Programming,Engineer
Malcolm Burn   Horn Arrangements,Production Input
Caroline LaVelle   String Arrangements
Daniel Lanois   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Assane Thaim   Tama
Malcolm Garrett   Sleeve Design
Richard Chappell   Engineer
Mike Coulson   Visual Coordinator
Marc Bessant   Graphic Design
Karen Christie   Contributor
Johnny Dollar   String Arrangements
Dan Blore   Sleeve Restoration
Nichola Bruce   Visual Coordinator
Mic Smith   Introduction
Stephen Haynes   Management
Richard Evans   Engineer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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