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UP

Peter Gabriel

 

Crossover Prog

4.00 | 435 ratings

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Starhammer
Prog Reviewer
4 stars "Turn up the signal, Wipe out the Noise..."

Work on this album began three years after the release of its predecessor 'Us', but it took three years to be completed, and a further four years before it was finally released.

Whilst the overall style of 'Up' marks quite a departure from his other studio efforts, it does share the same trend for imaginative album titles, and a list of contributing musicians longer than the River Nile. The sound is classic Gabriel, but in place of the world music influences is a more electronic, almost industrial approach. That said, there is still much variation within the album itself both in structure of song, and instrumentation.

The songs are nearly all superb, picking a favourite is a hard task, and whilst Peter Gabriel's work has never been about virtuosity, he adapts and evolves with enough intricacies to keep his music sounding fresh with every listen. Truly one of the greatest composers of the past century.

I did however say 'Up' is nearly all superb, the one exception being The Barry Williams Show, which is just as annoying as the day-time TV talk shows it pays 'tribute' to.

The Verdict: Peter Gabriel's best studio release since 1980.

Starhammer | 4/5 |

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