Us

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
  • UPC: 180030000697
  • Catalog Number: 69
  • Sales rank: 7,762

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come Talk To Me (7:05)
  2. 2 Love To Be Loved (5:17)
  3. 3 Blood of Eden (6:38)
  4. 4 Steam (6:03)
  5. 5 Only Us (6:32)
  6. 6 Washing of the Water (3:51)
  7. 7 Digging In the Dirt (5:18)
  8. 8 Fourteen Black Paintings (4:37)
  9. 9 Kiss That Frog (5:19)
  10. 10 Secret World (7:00)
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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
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, Digital Editing
Malcolm Burn Horn Arrangements, Production Input
Tony Cousins Remastering
Caroline LaVelle String Arrangements
Daniel Lanois Producer, Horn Arrangements
Assane Thaim Tama
Ian Cooper Mastering
Will Malone String Arrangements
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
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