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Peter Gabriel


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4.10 | 49 ratings

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4 stars Symphonic Gabriel?

Bought a new Blu-ray player last week ad the store had several disks to select from their stock as a gift, so I went with New Bloodeven when I have many PETER GABRIEL DVD's and thought it was more of the same, luckily I was wrong, because this show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London really caught me by surprise.

The music is practically new, because the arrangements of well known classics performed exclusively by an orchestra are more relaxed and absolutely original, of course I miss the drums and Tony Levin, but the music and orchestration is so beautiful, that made me forget the band

Normally recognized artists don't take risks, they know a song is popular and perform them in the way people loves them but Peter has always been an adventurous musician who constantly reinvents himself, and obviously he's not ready to change so gave us an unprecedented presentation for him and to be honest passed the test with honors..

From his usual staff, only Melanie remains (The true blood), who improves with each presentation, but the rising star was Ane Brun who is simply brilliant in "Don't Give Up". Incredibly Peter sounds stronger than in previous albums, his voice is much more powerful and his technique is even better, lets remember that it's not easy for a rock artist to sing with an orchestra exclusively, but again, he hit the nail in the head..

It's hard to talk about individual songs, because all are well known, even when this performance is so original that some sound almost as different tracks, the only one that disappointed me was Biko, being that the transcendence of this tribute was in the strength, something that is lost in this version.

The rest of the album is simply brilliant, with a softer and much more moving atmosphere, specially the obligatory version of Solsbury Hill that made me feel real sadness for his departure from GENESIS, a sentiment that I never felt with his happier Rock versions.

A good artist can surprise us with new songs, a great artist like is able to surprise us with songs we know perfectly, and that's a huge merit, so he deserves a special recognition and a rating of 4 stars that would be 4.5 if our system allowed it.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 4/5 |


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