Header

OVO

Peter Gabriel

Crossover Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Peter Gabriel OVO album cover
3.55 | 166 ratings | 9 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection


Write a review
Buy PETER GABRIEL Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Story Of OVO (5:21)
2. Low Light (6:37)
3. The Time Of The Turning (5:05)
4. The Man Who Loved The Earth / The Hand That Sold Shadows (4:14)
5. The Time Of The Turning (Reprise) / The Weavers Reel (5:36)
6. Father, Son (4:56)
7. The Tower That Ate People (4:49)
8. Revenge (1:30)
9. White Ashes (2:34)
10. Downside-Up (6:05)
11. The Nest That Sailed The Sky (5:06)
12. Make Tomorrow (10:02)

Total Time: 61:55

Lyrics

Search PETER GABRIEL OVO lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search PETER GABRIEL OVO tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Gabriel / Vocals, keyboards
- Richie Havens / Vocals
- Kudsi Erguner / Ney flute
- Adzido / drums
- Ravi Shankar / violin, vocals
- Paul Buchanan / vocals
- Markus Dravs / percussion
- Nigel Eaton / Hurdygurdy
- Elizabeth Fraser / vocals (Cocteau Twins)
- Steve Gadd / drums
- Stuart Gordon / fiddle, viola
- Hossam Ramzy / cymbals, tabla, crotale
- Manu Katche / drums
- Tony Levin / bass
- James McNally / piano, accordion, Whistle (instrument), Bodhran
- Peter Nicholls / photography (IQ)
- David Rhodes / guitar
- Assane Thaim / talking drum
- Simon Emmerson / cymbals, bells, drum programming
- Jim Barr / bass (Upright), guitar (12 string acoustic) electra strings, strings
- Sussan Deyhim / screams
- Johnny Kalsi / drums

Releases information

Realworld RWPG01 / RWPG02

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to easy livin for the last updates
Edit this entry

PETER GABRIEL MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy PETER GABRIEL OVO Music


So (25th Anniversary Remaster)So (25th Anniversary Remaster)
Remastered
Real World Productions 2012
Audio CD$6.92
$6.42 (used)
Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden GreatsShaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats
Remastered
Real World Prod. Ltd 2010
Audio CD$4.42
$1.94 (used)
Peter Gabriel, No. 1Peter Gabriel, No. 1
Remastered
Real World Prod. Ltd 2010
Audio CD$7.86
$8.83 (used)
Peter Gabriel 3: MeltPeter Gabriel 3: Melt
Remastered
Real World Prod. Ltd 2010
Audio CD$6.02
$9.82 (used)
UsUs
Remastered
Real World Prod. Ltd 2010
Audio CD$6.02
$4.75 (used)
Scratch My Back & I'll Scratch YoursScratch My Back & I'll Scratch Yours
Limited Edition
Real World Productions 2014
Audio CD$11.68
$11.01 (used)
Secret World LiveSecret World Live
Geffen Records 1994
Audio CD$15.76
$0.01 (used)
And I'll Scratch YoursAnd I'll Scratch Yours
Real World Productions 2014
Audio CD$5.64
$5.97 (used)
Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of ChristPassion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ
Remastered
Real World Prod. Ltd 2010
Audio CD$6.88
$6.89 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
WALL.E Promotional For Your Consideration Awards CD Peter Gabriel Thomas Newman US $69.69 Buy It Now 38m 29s
PETER GABRIEL - "Plays Live" 2-LP 1983 ORIG 1st US PROMO w/INNERS US $25.88 Buy It Now 51m 16s
Peter Gabriel BIKO 7" Single Charisma Label CB370 US $8.27 Buy It Now 1h 48m
YOUSSOU N'DOUR/PETER GABRIEL-SHAKIN THE TREE-VIRGIN-VS1167-1989 US $6.62 Buy It Now 2h 32m
Shankar NM USA 1990 CD Soul Searcher with Peter Gabriel US $13.99 Buy It Now 2h 35m
World War 2 Japan Promo DBL Vinyl LP Beatles Status Quo Peter Gabriel Keith Moon US $149.99 Buy It Now 3h 9m
Peter Gabriel - Plays Live Highlights POLYGRAM W German YELLOW RAYS cd Genesis US $49.90 Buy It Now 3h 27m
Genesis - Selling England by the Pound Japan mini lp cd Peter Gabriel VJCP-68095 US $42.90 Buy It Now 3h 27m
Peter Gabriel - 4 1982 Charisma W German YELLOW RAYS cd Genesis Tony Levin RARE US $49.90 Buy It Now 3h 27m
PETER GABRIEL 2 2011 CD NEW US $13.18 Buy It Now 3h 55m
PETER GABRIEL. " PETER GABRIEL #4" CHARISMA UK 1982 LP. ORIG, EX COND. US $16.56 [0 bids]
4h 27m
PETER GABRIEL. "PETER GABRIEL #1" CHARISMA UK 1977 LP. ORIG EX COND. US $16.56 [0 bids]
4h 28m
Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (LP) US $8.21 Buy It Now 5h 4m
PETER GABRIEL - SLOWBURN - RARE CD US $39.99 [0 bids]
5h 22m
AGAINST ALL ODDS soundtrack larry carlton/peter gabriel/stevie nicks LP PS EX/EX US $14.91 Buy It Now 5h 49m
Peter Gabriel - Passion - Remastered CD - Near Mint US $12.15 Buy It Now 6h 2m
PETER GABRIEL Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) US $1.66 [0 bids]
6h 3m
Peter Gabriel - So - Remastered CD - Near Mint US $12.15 Buy It Now 6h 10m
PETER GABRIEL - PETER GABRIEL VINYL LP 1978 US $6.62 [0 bids]
6h 53m
City Of Angels soundtrack Cd- U2,Goo Goo Dolls,Peter Gabriel,Paula Cole, exc US $5.98 Buy It Now 6h 54m
PETER GABRIEL 50mm x 50mm PROMO photo press slide negative #C/10611 US $41.45 Buy It Now 7h 27m
PETER GABRIEL - AND I'LL SCRATCH YOURS [CD BOXSET] [2 DISCS] - NEW CD BOXSET US $15.48 Buy It Now 7h 30m
PETER GABRIEL 50mm x 50mm PROMO photo press slide negative #C/10513 US $41.45 Buy It Now 7h 48m
PETER GABRIEL birdy LP 12 track music from the film sleeve has some edgewear (ca US $16.20 Buy It Now 8h
Peter Gabriel - US - Realworld Cassette Tape US $3.13 Buy It Now 8h 9m
Steam, Peter Gabriel, Good Single US $3.99 Buy It Now 8h 18m
Peter Gabriel: Plays Live 2LP VG++ Canada Geffen 2 GHS 4012 Light Edgewear US $7.49 Buy It Now 8h 20m
CD: 1992 Peter Gabriel Us 2002 Limited Edition Serial #'d Digipak #13597 US $3.99 [0 bids]
8h 48m
PETER GABRIEL cassette tape album SHAKING THE TREE US $13.23 Buy It Now 9h 34m
So Peter Gabriel vinyl LP album record UK PG5 VIRGIN 1986 - Kate Bush US $13.25 [0 bids]
9h 51m
Peter Gabriel - Plays Live - Highlights SACD japan press US $129.99 Buy It Now 10h 24m
PETER GABRIEL "SLEDGEHAMMER" 1985 REMIX CD SINGLE 1986 VIRGIN RARE made in UK US $19.99 Buy It Now 10h 24m
PETER GABRIEL - MAGAZINE CUTTINGS COLLECTION (REF S4) US $16.50 Buy It Now 10h 34m
Peter Gabriel - Shaking the Tree (Sixteen Golden Greats) CD 1990) NM US $6.63 Buy It Now 10h 41m
Peter Gabriel "BEFORE US: A Brief History" 1992 Promotional CD-New/Unsealed US $8.99 Buy It Now 10h 53m
PETER GABRIEL "SHAKING THE TREE " RARE SACD NEAR MINT US $99.47 Buy It Now 10h 57m
PETER GABRIEL Walk Through The Fire European 45PS 1984 Against All Odds US $6.00 Buy It Now 10h 59m
PETER GABRIEL - 4 - CASSETTE - NO INSERT US $0.81 [0 bids]
11h 4m
So - Peter Gabriel (Cassette 1986, Geffen) in NM US $6.99 Buy It Now 11h 38m
PETER GABRIEL UK 1993 DIGIPACK CD Single Blood Of Eden PGSDG9 US $6.62 Buy It Now 12h 7m
GENESIS The Magic Of Time LP (Demos 1967/68) ***NEW/SEALED** RARE -Peter Gabriel US $99.00 Buy It Now 12h 12m
PETER GABRIEL-Shaking The Tree UK TEST PRESSING US $33.15 [1 bids]
12h 14m
Peter Gabriel Digging in the dirt Cd single US $2.49 [0 bids]
12h 30m
Peter Gabriel Steam CD single US $1.66 [0 bids]
12h 30m
Peter Gabriel - SO - Original 1986 Release - Inc Inner - VG Condition US $4.97 [0 bids]
12h 33m
Peter Gabriel D.I.Y. / Mother Of Violence 45 US $5.00 [0 bids]
12h 37m
PETER GABRIEL Sledgehammer / Don't Break This Rhythm 7" SOUTH AFRICA Cat# VS673 US $9.99 Buy It Now 12h 38m
PETER GABRIEL PLAYS LIVE , GREAT 2 ALBUM SET . US $12.50 Buy It Now 12h 58m
PETER GABRIEL STEPHIN MERRITT 2500 made 7 Inch VINYL Record Store day RSD SEALED US $39.99 Buy It Now 12h 58m
Peter Gabriel [3] by Peter Gabriel (CD, 2011, Real World Productions) Remaster US $4.00 Buy It Now 12h 59m
CALL -RECONCILED (Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson) NM/NM LP US $4.98 Buy It Now 13h
Peter Gabriel - The Barry Williams Show CDS 2 trk EU 2002 Mint!! US $24.99 Buy It Now 13h 2m
So - Peter Gabriel New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping US $1.99 [0 bids]
13h 14m
PETER GABRIEL IV 1982 JAPAN CD 3200yen 32VD 1ST PRESS US $47.99 Buy It Now 13h 17m
PETER GABRIEL cassette tape album SO lot 3895 US $9.52 Buy It Now 13h 23m
BIRDY - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Peter Gabriel (LP, 1985) NM US $10.00 Buy It Now 13h 28m
PETER GABRIEL biko 12" 2 track b/w no more apartheid (pgs612) pic sleeve uk virg US $10.81 Buy It Now 13h 38m
NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY OF CAMBODIA "HOMRONG" CD (REAL WORLD PETER GABRIEL) US $9.93 [0 bids]
13h 41m
PETER GABRIEL-Steam-3 Track Promo CD Single-Edit/Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Mix+more! US $3.99 [0 bids]
US $19.99 Buy It Now
13h 48m
Peter Gabriel : Revisited CD US $4.00 Buy It Now 13h 59m
Larry Adler_Glory of Gershwin (1998) Kate Bush Peter Gabriel Hits CD____DawnTour US $4.96 [0 bids]
US $8.27 Buy It Now
14h 2m
Peter Gabriel - Self Titled Album on ATCO Records SD 36-147 US $14.99 Buy It Now 14h 16m
Peter Gabriel Vinyl L p 1978 US $31.95 Buy It Now 14h 29m
MAIYSHA Sledgehammer RARE MIXES PETER GABRIEL TRX PROMO CD Single Martin Luther US $19.99 Buy It Now 14h 40m
PETER GABRIEL - GENESIS - RARE SIGNED 10 x 8 FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH US $132.63 Buy It Now 14h 43m
88 CD - PETER GABRIEL Shaking The Tree - Hits CD US $0.88 [0 bids]
14h 59m
PETER GABRIEL PLAYS LIVE HIGHLIGHTS PGDLCD1 EUROPE NEW - SEALED! US $8.99 [0 bids]
15h 19m
PETER GABRIEL - Peter Gabriel 1 - CD Album *Remastered* US $9.53 Buy It Now 15h 29m
Passion - Peter Gabriel (Cassette 1989, Geffen) NEW in Shrink US $9.74 Buy It Now 15h 31m
PETER GABRIEL Plays Live 1983 Geffen DBL GF LP 2GHS 4012 EXC-/EXC w/sleeves US $16.50 Buy It Now 15h 43m
PETER GABRIEL - Peter Gabriel 2 - CD Album *Remastered* US $9.53 Buy It Now 15h 47m
New CASSETTE Tape: GLORY OF GERSHWIN George Martin Kate Bush Peter Gabriel Elton US $3.49 [0 bids]
US $4.99 Buy It Now
15h 48m
PETER GABRIEL - CASSETTE US $1.64 [0 bids]
15h 53m
Peter Gabriel [1] [Digipak] [Limited] by Peter Gabriel (CD, May-2002,... US $7.99 [0 bids]
15h 54m
Peter Gabriel "Peter Gabriel" (ATCO) US $11.99 Buy It Now 15h 56m
Peter Gabriel "Peter Gabriel" (Atlantic) US $10.99 Buy It Now 15h 56m
Laurie Anderson Mister Heartbreak 1984 Vinyl LP Record Album Peter Gabriel Duet US $5.99 [0 bids]
16h 7m
PETER GABRIEL Solsbury Hill 3" CD Single genesis prog UK 1988 NM US $5.99 [0 bids]
16h 8m
Peter Gabriel New Blood CD Promo Copy in Cardboard Sleeve No Booklet Single Disc US $3.99 [0 bids]
16h 9m
So by Peter Gabriel (CD, May-1986, Geffen) Progressive Music / Art Rock US $2.25 [0 bids]
US $3.75 Buy It Now
16h 18m
Peter Gabriel Lp Melt 1980 Mercury records US $11.65 Buy It Now 16h 18m
Peter Gabriel Lp Scratch 1978 Atlantic records US $11.65 Buy It Now 16h 18m
Peter Gabriel Lp 1977 Atco records US $17.95 Buy It Now 16h 20m
Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats by Peter Gabriel (CD, Dec-1990, Geffen) US $0.99 [0 bids]
16h 21m
Hit 2 CD Set 30 Tracks Peter Gabriel Greatest Hits Best US $9.49 Buy It Now 16h 31m
PETER GABRIEL - Sledgehammer (12" 1996) US $3.30 [0 bids]
16h 36m
peter gabriel-atl-same-sealed US $35.00 Buy It Now 16h 59m
PETER GABRIEL - SELF TITLED - US $7.99 [0 bids]
US $10.99 Buy It Now
17h 7m
So ~ Peter Gabriel ~ Geffen Records US $2.99 [0 bids]
17h 8m
PETER GABRIEL - BIRDY - US $7.99 [0 bids]
US $10.99 Buy It Now
17h 9m
BEST OF PETER GABRIEL GREAT LIVE POP HITS CD 90s ART ROCK NINETIES 1993 CONCERT US $4.33 [0 bids]
17h 15m
BEST OF PETER GABRIEL GREAT LIVE POP HITS CD 90s ART ROCK NINETIES 1993 CONCERT US $10.39 [0 bids]
17h 15m
Peter Gabriel-Shaking the Tree US $2.20 [0 bids]
17h 19m
80's SOFT ROCK CDs (9) INCLUDES EAGLES, PETER GABRIEL, DON HENLEY, EDDIE MONEY US $19.99 [0 bids]
17h 49m
Peter Gabriel - Shock the Monkey/Soft Dog - UK Version 7" Picture Disc Single US $4.99 [0 bids]
US $8.00 Buy It Now
17h 53m
PETER GABRIEL, Security ORIGINAL WEST GERMAN CD US $7.99 [0 bids]
17h 54m
PETER GABRIEL - BIRDY - NM- US $9.99 [0 bids]
US $12.99 Buy It Now
17h 57m
kate bush / peter gabriel rare limited edition poster sleeve 45 dont give up US $49.99 Buy It Now 18h 22m
PETER GABRIEL EX GENESIS SCRATCH CD BEST PRICE ON EBAY LIKE NEW CONDITION... US $8.99 Buy It Now 18h 28m
Peter Gabriel Biko 12" Single 1980 Near Mint NM UK Orig US $9.99 Buy It Now 18h 38m

More places to buy PETER GABRIEL music online Buy PETER GABRIEL & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for PETER GABRIEL DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

PETER GABRIEL OVO ratings distribution


3.55
(166 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
13%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
35%
Good, but non-essential (35%)
35%
Collectors/fans only (12%)
12%
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)
4%

PETER GABRIEL OVO reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars More a showpiece album than a soundtrack. Ovo surprised me on release only in that it is so good. Great contributions from Elisabeth Fraser and Richie Havens ( check out also ' Please Don't Touch' by Steve Hackett). Shankar plays some mean violin too.Highlights are ' Low light', ' Make Tomorrow' ' Downside-Up' and last but not least ' The nest that sailed the sky' Worth having for sure.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Chris S (BETA) | Report this review (#24093) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, July 30, 2004

Review by soundsweird
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars A real mixed bag. Instrumentals, female vocals, male vocals, and even some songs sung by PG himself. Songs that sound almost traditional alongside songs with a distinctly modern style. This is a recipe that's sure to put off many listeners, but there are some great songs here, and that should always be the bottom line. Of course, if you only like PG's poppier material, skip this one.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to soundsweird (BETA) | Report this review (#24094) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Review by evenless
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars I got "OVO" because I was completely swept away by "UP" and "Growing Up Live". To me "OVO" was somewhat of a disappointment.

Fair to say that if I had not been spoiled by "Up" and the awesome "Growing Up Live" DVD, and just heard it after "US" I would probably have liked it more. But now I had set my expectations too high. And what was left were the nice tracks that I already knew from the "Growing Up Live" DVD. All instrumentation on this album is superb again by the way. I guess I still ought to give this CD a few more spins.

So my advise would be: get "SO", "US", "UP" and "Growing Up Live" first. After that I would go for "Secret World Live" and if you are a completionist of PG's work get "OVO" and "Long Walk Home" (A soundtrack for the movie "The Rabbit Proof Fence" )

Pretty good album, but not for starters!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to evenless (BETA) | Report this review (#109830) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars A cash guzzling white elephant. No, not the album.

OVO is not really a Peter Gabriel solo album, but more of a soundtrack with Peter at the helm. The project was kicked off in 1997, when Gabriel was invited to join in the creation of "a visual and musical experience for London's Millennium Dome". The dome itself was a cash guzzling white elephant, built as part of the millennium celebrations, but tucked away in a corner of the UK.

The concept is a variation on an oft used theme, looking at three generations of a family. These are not consecutive generations, the first is from he prehistoric era, the second from the industrial period (approximately now), and the third inevitably in the future. Confusingly, these generations live together, leading to conflicts in priorities and preferences. OVO is the youngest of the family, an infant born into the enigmatic world of his parents and grandparents.

So much for the concept, what of the music? Right from the start it is clear that "OVO" leans heavily on the "Real World" sounds which Gabriel has investigated and nurtured for many years. A glance at the line up reveals renown musicians such as Ravi Shankar, Tony Levin, and Richie Havens all contribute to the diverse sounds on which the album is built. Anyone who is not familiar with the wonderful voice of Richie Havens should hear his performance on this album, he has one of the finest voices in modern music.

There really is something for everyone here. One minute we are being uplifted by a Celtic reel ("The weaver's reel"), the next we have a delicate Gabriel vocal ("Father son"), and no sooner is that finished but we have a "Sledgehammer" type piece of heavy rock ("The tower that ate people").

Elsewhere, ethnic rhythms come to the fore, including didgeridoos and Dhol drums. Several of the tracks are instrumentals of various styles. "White ashes" has a curious mix of African type rhythms and mumbled vocalising, with synthesiser effects drifting in and out. Elizabeth Fraser's vocals on "Downside up" are striking and melodic, the song having more than a passing similarity to "Don't give up" (the titles even sound the same). The song plays out with some fine orchestration, the rhythm section behind it being recorded by top producer Danny Lanois. The album closes with one of Gabriel's longest songs ever, "Make tomorrow". The piece brings together many of the musicians who have graced previous tracks in a slightly understated but highly effective finale.

For what is essentially a soundtrack, "OVO" is a very strong album. I actually find myself preferring this to some of Gabriel's official solo releases. The enormous diversity of the music, the engaging of top musicians, and the strength of the compositions combine to result in a fine album which will be around far longer than the Millennium Dome!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Easy Livin (BETA) | Report this review (#124809) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
2 stars Two standout tracks on this album save it from complete mediocrity. That is The Nest That Sailed The Sky and the wonderful 10 minute mini epic Make Tomorrow. Unfortunately, the album concept disappears up its own shaft of complexity. Some of the guest appearances work well enough (Ravi Shankar and Richie Havens, namely) but overall it is overblown and comes across as new age nonsense, with extreme new age themes that are as heavy handed as the musical arrangement.

I am not a fan of this type of music and Peter Gabriel has done better on Up and his first 3 albums. The orchestral treatment is tiresome on Ovo, though i have to hand it to him. He has taken risks with this and it is an interesting first listen. After the initial shock of what the album is about it wears thin very quickly. The only tracks I play now are the last 2. Unfortunately, the rest is a waste of talent.

I will mention though that the booklet is beautifully produced and innovative. I guess that, and the 2 aforementioned tracks, warrant it a minimum of 2 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to AtomicCrimsonRush (BETA) | Report this review (#218127) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, May 25, 2009

Review by Chicapah
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Face it, the 1990s weren't very fulfilling if you were a big fan of Peter Gabriel. While in '92 he did release what I consider his best record ever, the stupendous "Us" album; if one discounts the live discs culled from the resulting tour he basically disappeared from sight for the rest of the millennium. I do understand that he had some personal issues to work out and that he'd said pretty much all he had to say in revealing songs like "Digging in the Dirt" and "Secret World" but 8 years is an eon for an avid admirer such as I when waiting for new tunes. As a matter of fact, by the time he got around to putting out OVO in August of 2000 he'd so effectively vanished from the public eye and ear that many didn't even notice. Maybe it was the turn of the century brouhaha or that I'd changed so many things in my life by that time but when I learned about OVO's existence I didn't even bother to investigate. The descriptions of it being a soundtrack/project kinda deal didn't really foster any urgency in me to get a copy so I put it on the back burner.

Two years flew by. In September '02 Peter released "Up," an honest-to-God studio CD and I bought it pronto. Yet that challenging, strikingly mature album didn't pack the punch that "Us" did when it swept me off my feet and didn't leave my changer for months. My educated guess was that Gabriel no longer cared to compete in the music biz rat race and was content to return to being viewed as the eclectic outsider he was at the start of his solo career. I wholeheartedly applauded his decision, accepted that Peter wasn't going to deliver a fresh record every few years and satisfied myself with occasionally revisiting his exemplary catalogue of work. Even though I had all of Gabriel's albums OVO got lost in the shuffle and became an overlooked item. Recently a friend gave me a copy so I finally got around to hearing it a decade late. It was a pleasant surprise in that it's highly reminiscent of the genius he displayed on the "Passion" soundtrack while possessing a lot of the better aspects of "Up." The plot is vague (a forbidden Romeo and Juliet-ish scenario where the duo don't die but procreate a son who's the culmination of peace between earth people and sky people following a war involving the two factions) but that's okay. The bottom line is that it has the paw prints of the one-and-only Peter Gabriel all over it and that makes it well worth your time.

However, I'd be lying if I didn't admit that the first cut scared the crap out of me and caused me to suspect that an imposter had invaded his body. "The Story of OVO" opens with a dirge-like atmosphere that's slightly suffocating but that's not the problem. Assaulted by two rappers, I instantly got the urge to projectile vomit due to my acute and incurable allergy to that form of expression. (Sorry, but I'm just not genetically designed to accept hip-hop as an art form. Sue me.) Once one traverses Peter's momentary lapse of reason, though, good stuff arrives starting with "Low Light." It drifts in like dawn over an ominous drone, then symphonic strings descend with Gabriel's wordless voice before things become even more ethereal. It's a beautiful piece of music. "The Time of the Turning" is next and it sports more of a full orchestra motif. Guest Richie Haven's voice is eerily akin to Peter's as he sings emotive lines like "It's the time of turning and there's something stirring outside/It's the time of turning and the old world's falling/Nothing you can do can stop the next emerging" while the underlying rhythm buoys the tune effortlessly. An instrumental, "The Man Who Loved the Earth/The Hand that Sold Shadows," follows and it's a return to the earthy aroma of the first cut sans the monotone rapping. Odd effects rattle around that give the impression of some hooded, vinyl-scratching DJ mole at work and then the 2nd half ensues with an abrupt upswing in tempo and a rude, grinding electric guitar.

"The Time of the Turning/The Weaver's Reel" marks the reprise of the earlier melody but this time it features sparser instrumentation and Elizabeth Fraser's angelic vocal singing "Did you see it move?/There's something there/It's in this very cloth that I weave/In the most peculiar ways that we behave" that expands to include spirited Irish pipes and violins that dominate Part II. They perform a frenetic melody with verve, then the track alternates between the two themes. Peter gave it an intriguing arrangement and the overall product comes off as highly progressive in nature. "Father, Son" is to die for. After a lone piano intro Gabriel's voice appears and wraps you in his unique, husky warmth as he sings about the hard-to-express relationship between a man and his pop. "Remember the breakwaters down by the waves/I first found my courage/knowing daddy could save/I could hold back the tide/with my dad by my side," he croons passionately. This is the kind of song in which Gabriel displays his gift of being able to reach in and grab your heart. "The Tower that Ate People" is the brand of fun, arresting weirdness I've come to expect from him. His distorted vocal and his manipulation of electronic noises create excitement while, at the same time, all semblance of commercial viability goes sailing right out the window. "The more we are protected/the more we're trapped within," he warns. Gotta love him for that. "Revenge" is a short snippet of sound wherein I detect an appealing Nine Inch Nails influence. It leads to "White Ashes," an experiment with different types of synth percussion bounding underneath the nursery rhyme melody that trills "The weight of a dream can bring you down."

"Downside Up," with its folkish air and the duo of Fraser and Paul Buchanan on vocals, is a 180 degree alteration in atmosphere that's disarmingly quaint. "All the strangers look like family/All the family looks so strange/The only constant I am sure of/Is this accelerating rate of change," they sing. Along the way the song increases in pace and intensity as it broadens into a tune that's much more involved. The gorgeous instrumental, "The Nest that Sailed into the Sky," sets a mystical mood reminiscent of the earlier "Low Light" while delving even deeper into a state of serenity. Acoustic guitars and Buchanan's pleasant voice sow great expectations for the closer, "Make Tomorrow." Rumbling rhythms take over briefly, then subside in wake of the repeated chorus, "Make tomorrow/where the sacred meet the scared/Make tomorrow/where the dreamer's dream is dared" that brings Havens and Gabriel back into the spotlight. As so many of Peter's compositions do, this tune shape-shifts and evolves all the way to the last note.

I stated earlier that the story line is enigmatic and fairly nebulous but then so is the narrative of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and it didn't keep the music and poetry of the lyrics of that epic from making a lasting impression on my psyche. OVO may not be in that league but it certainly makes for an engaging, intriguing listen. And any time you see musicians like Tony Levin, Manu Katche, Steve Gadd, Shankar and David Rhodes on the list of contributors you know it's going to be of a lofty caliber no matter what. Yet I must penalize Mr. Gabriel a half star for his dubious hip-hop gaffe that makes me wonder how many turned OVO off at the first syllable of rap. If you're one of those folks I sympathize with your involuntary gag reflex but I urge you to simply hit the skip button and give the rest of the album another chance. It is superb prog fare.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Chicapah (BETA) | Report this review (#621915) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review by lazland
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I am presently reading a book entitled The Blunders of Our Government, which is an entertaining look at the (many) cock up's that our political and establishment leaders inflict upon us. One such blunder was the shockingly expensive Millennium Dome built and populated for the new century celebrations, but, in reality, a rather crass "Cool Britannia" stunt inflicted upon us by Blair and co.

The book details the mess in some detail, but does not mention once a certain Peter Gabriel, who, having plotted several similar (aborted) projects elsewhere in Europe over the years, got the gig to compose and coordinate the musical extravaganza at the Dome. There is a reason for this, and it is a simple one. By and large, his contribution, and the music that found its way onto this cd, was a success, artistically, if not commercially (it bombed, but, then again, so did Passion, which I regard as his finest work ever, including his Genesis period).

Gabriel, very much in keeping with the political thoughts of the time (multi cultural society & etc.), took his base from the pioneering Real World work and artists he had nurtured, together with stalwart long term collaborators such as Levin and Rhodes. It is, like Passion, a collection of songs and ideas that tell a story, except there are, here, more lyrics present.

The cd did come with a booklet, which gave an insight into the story of the show. It, to quote, tells the story of three stages of our evolution, through the lives of three generations of a family. It is the story of a family in transition, divided by internal conflict, and by the great changes going on around them. It is also a story of forbidden love.

There's straightforward then, eh?

Musically, it is grand, exceptionally well produced, complex, and not for those who seek a "quick fix", which is why, of course, it didn't sell too well. When you hear the pounding, urgent, intense drums on The Time Of The Turning (reprise), though, you simply sit agog and wonder at the genius behind it. For sure, if you enjoyed Rhythm Of The Heat on PG IV, this is for you.

A couple of tracks, those, it is fair to say, more "traditional" Gabriel tracks, became long term live staples. My personal favourite is Father, Son, a quite gorgeous tribute to his and our fathers', recognising those special moments we have and had with the man responsible for who we are. The brass section on this, by the way, brings the track an intensity and emotion that the live version could never have. There is also Downside Up, sung here by Elizabeth Fraser (of Cocteau Twins) and Paul Buchanan (The Blue Nile), a track which I think is sumptuous, but did sound better vocally live with Gabriel and his daughter Melanie, although having said that, the live version could never capture those incredible closing rhythms and beats heard here.

Also, in case people thought this was a mainly cosy affair, we do also have Gabriel at his most industrial and explorative, witness The Tower That Ate People, which then morphs into the recurring African beat of Revenge. The whole album closes naturally, and impressively, mixing the tuneful, emotional, adventurous, and as an ensemble piece, with the very long (for solo Gabriel) Make Tomorrow.

This album deserves to be featured more highly in any appreciation of Gabriel than perhaps it is at present. Full of great ideas, almost perfect production, and thoughtful music which did far more to promote and capture a multi cultural country, society, concept, and continent than any politically correct cobblers forced on the population by New Labour. Going back to the book I am reading, it is no accident that Gabriel is not mentioned as one of the Dome blunders.

Four stars for this, an excellent album, only just falling short of the extremely high standards set by Passion. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to lazland (BETA) | Report this review (#1138943) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Latest members reviews

5 stars This Album is my favorite Gabriel`s album, it really combine his different kinds of musical tendences: world music, electronic and of course, rock music. Also, it is a complete conceptual work/show that can make you feel sensations more than a just the music. It really rules!!!! ... (read more)

Report this review (#24095) | Posted by | Monday, February 14, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars as a "soundtrack" is emotional and surronded by perfection. Every piece of the music is linked and fluid, a great expresion of modern times through the story of a family. Tha artwork and the book that comes with it is marvellous, the percussion basis in "the time of the turning (reprise)" is outstan ... (read more)

Report this review (#24090) | Posted by | Friday, April 09, 2004 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of PETER GABRIEL "OVO"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.41 seconds