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And I'll Scratch Yours

Peter Gabriel

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Three years in gestation -- which, in Peter Gabriel time, is a mere handful of months -- And I'll Scratch Yours, the companion piece to the 2010 covers album Scratch My Back, finds most (but certainly not all) of the artists who were interpreted on Gabriel's album returning the favor by tackling the progressive singer/songwriter's back catalog. Not every artist chose to scratch Gabriel's back. Radiohead reportedly were irked by his version of "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" and Neil Young followed his own path away from Gabriel, so Joseph Arthur was drafted to contribute an entirely too moody version of "Shock the Monkey" and, better, Brian Eno dug into the dark, unsettling corners of "Mother of Violence." Eno is a contemporary of Gabriel's -- he contributed to Genesis' masterwork The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway -- and, like on Scratch My Back, the veteran artists provide a better, riskier experience than the younger acts. Generally, the newer artists here -- Bon Iver, Regina Spektor, Arcade Fire, Elbow, Feist; Stephin Merritt is a grand exception with his nervy reading of "Not One of Us" -- favor the moody, foreboding side of Gabriel while his peers prefer to play around. Lou Reed turns the celebratory "Solsbury Hill" into a dirge befitting Magic and Loss (and changes the lyrics to read "my friends would think I was a slut" because, you know, sexual danger), David Byrne seizes upon the new wave disco menace of "I Don't Remember," Randy Newman spins "Big Time" into vaudeville, and, best of all, Paul Simon turns "Biko" into the folk protest anthem it always longed to be. And there are moments scattered among the younger acts worth hearing, too: Arcade Fire retain the ominous, dangerous air of "Games Without Frontiers," Spektor lends a gorgeous shimmer to "Blood of Eden," and Feist retains the delicacy of "Don't Give Up." This doesn't amount to a cohesive record -- although it favors the contemplative, there are too many shifts in mood here from track to track -- but it is without question a worthwhile record, as its best moments are strong, substantive reinterpretations that illustrate just how good a songwriter Peter Gabriel is.
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1
I Don't Remember
David Byrne
00:03:40

Patrick Dillett, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist - David Byrne, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

2
Come Talk To Me
Bon Iver
00:06:19

Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist - Bon Iver, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Carey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Lockwood, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kimberly Lockwood, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

3
Blood Of Eden
Regina Spektor
00:04:35

Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist - Regina Spektor, MainArtist

℗ 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

4
Not One Of Us
Stephin Merritt
00:03:57

Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist - Stephin Merritt, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

5
Shock The Monkey
Joseph Arthur
00:05:47

Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist - Joseph Arthur, MainArtist

℗ 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

6
Big Time
Randy Newman
00:03:38

Randy Newman, MainArtist - Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

7
Games Without Frontiers
Arcade Fire
00:03:24

Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist - Arcade Fire, MainArtist

℗ 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

8
Mercy Street
Elbow
00:05:43

Craig Potter, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Peter Gabriel Ltd

9
Mother Of Violence
Brian Eno
00:03:04

Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist - Brian Eno, MainArtist

℗ 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

10
Don't Give Up
Feist
00:05:34

Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist - Feist, MainArtist - Timber Timbre, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

11
Solsbury Hill
Lou Reed
00:05:39

Mike Rathke, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, MainArtist - Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist - Eric Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sarth Calhoun, Programmer

℗ 2010 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

12
Biko
Paul Simon
00:04:18

Paul Simon, MainArtist - Peter Gabriel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

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Three years in gestation -- which, in Peter Gabriel time, is a mere handful of months -- And I'll Scratch Yours, the companion piece to the 2010 covers album Scratch My Back, finds most (but certainly not all) of the artists who were interpreted on Gabriel's album returning the favor by tackling the progressive singer/songwriter's back catalog. Not every artist chose to scratch Gabriel's back. Radiohead reportedly were irked by his version of "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" and Neil Young followed his own path away from Gabriel, so Joseph Arthur was drafted to contribute an entirely too moody version of "Shock the Monkey" and, better, Brian Eno dug into the dark, unsettling corners of "Mother of Violence." Eno is a contemporary of Gabriel's -- he contributed to Genesis' masterwork The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway -- and, like on Scratch My Back, the veteran artists provide a better, riskier experience than the younger acts. Generally, the newer artists here -- Bon Iver, Regina Spektor, Arcade Fire, Elbow, Feist; Stephin Merritt is a grand exception with his nervy reading of "Not One of Us" -- favor the moody, foreboding side of Gabriel while his peers prefer to play around. Lou Reed turns the celebratory "Solsbury Hill" into a dirge befitting Magic and Loss (and changes the lyrics to read "my friends would think I was a slut" because, you know, sexual danger), David Byrne seizes upon the new wave disco menace of "I Don't Remember," Randy Newman spins "Big Time" into vaudeville, and, best of all, Paul Simon turns "Biko" into the folk protest anthem it always longed to be. And there are moments scattered among the younger acts worth hearing, too: Arcade Fire retain the ominous, dangerous air of "Games Without Frontiers," Spektor lends a gorgeous shimmer to "Blood of Eden," and Feist retains the delicacy of "Don't Give Up." This doesn't amount to a cohesive record -- although it favors the contemplative, there are too many shifts in mood here from track to track -- but it is without question a worthwhile record, as its best moments are strong, substantive reinterpretations that illustrate just how good a songwriter Peter Gabriel is.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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