Gabriel, Peter - Up

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Geffen Records
Catalog Number: 0694933882
Format: CD
Total Time: 66:43:00

I have read many articles and reviews about Peter Gabriel's latest creature and they were enthusiastic about the result. I don't think so.

Well, yesterday night I watched his guest appearance at the Sanremo Festival, when Gabriel played "Growing Up" (I'm sorry to say it wasn't a live performance) so I had the idea to write about Up.

I don't understand why everyone declares that this album came after ten years of waiting. Peter Gabriel published a disc in 2000, called OVO, which is a great work, even if he doesn't sing on all the pieces.

However, Up is the follow up to Us, but I believe it has many influences of OVO; I think they're very similar, perhaps too similar.

Up until now, Gabriel has taken a pop approach, but isn't that refined pop, which he played some years ago? Now I think he ought to make a decision: to play world music, or pop. Instead he continues to release albums that combine these elements, adding a lot of electronic sounds (sometimes even the drums are programmed) and I think it isn't a good choice. So the final result isn't convincing and there aren't original ideas.

I suggest to all of you who want to buy a recent PG release, buy OVO, not Up. On the other hand, if you wish to listen to anything new compared with OVO, Up is perfect!

Also released by / Virgin Records/Real World (PGCD011)

Darkness (6:51) / Growing Up (7:33) / Sky Blue (6:37) / No Way Out (7:53) / I Grieve (7:24) / The Barry Williams Show (7:16) / My Head Sounds Like That (6:29) / More Than This (6:02) / Signal To Noise (7:36) / The Drop (3:01)

Peter Gabriel - vocals, bosendorfer, mutator, keys, jamMan, mpc groove, organ, keyboards
Manu Katche - drums
Dave Power - drums
Mahut Dominique - percussion
Ged Lynch - percussion, drums
Richard Chappell - percussion
Tony Levin - bass
David Rhodes - guitar , background vocals
Daniel Lanois - percussion, guitars
Peter Green - guitars
David Sancious - Hammond
Melanie Gabriel - backing vocals
The Blind Boys of Alabama - vocals
Steve Gadd - drums
Dominic Greensmith - drums
Hassan Ramzy - Tabla
Danny Thompson - double bass
Will White - percussion
Stephen Hague - percussion
Richard Evans - acoustic guitar
Shankar - double violin
Christian Le Chevretel - Trumpet
and many others?.

Peter Gabriel (1) (1977/2002)
Peter Gabriel (2) (1978/2002)
Peter Gabriel (3) (1980/2002)
Security (1982/2002)
Plays Live (1983/2002)
Birdy (OST) (1984/2002)
So (1985/2002)
Passion (1989/2002)
Shaking The Tree (1990)
Us (1992)
Secret World Live (1994)
Ovo: The Millennium Show (2000)
Ovo: (2000)
Up (2002)
Long Walk Home (2002)
Hit (2003)

Genre: Other

Origin UK

Added: March 9th 2003
Reviewer: Davide Guidone

Artist website:
Hits: 1920
Language: english


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