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Ten years is a long time, especially in pop music, but waiting ten years to deliver an album is a clear sign that you're not all that interested in the pop game anyway. Such is the case with Peter Gabriel, who delivered Up in 2002, a decade after Us and four years after he announced its title. Perhaps appropriately, Up sounds like an album that was ten years in the making, revealing not just its pleasures but its intent very, very slowly. This is not an accessible record, nor is it easy to warm up to, which means that many may dismiss it upon a single listen or two, never giving it the time it demands in order to be understood (it does not help matters that the one attempt at a single is the ham-fisted, wrong-headed trash-TV "satire" "The Barry Williams Show," which feels utterly forced and out of place here, as if Geffen was pleading for anything resembling a single to add to the album). Really, there is no other choice for an artist as somber and ambitious as Gabriel to craft an album as dense as Up; those who have waited diligently for ten years would be disappointed with anything less and, frankly, they're the only audience that matters after a decade. And they're not likely to be disappointed, since this album grows stronger, revealing more with each listen. Initially, it seems to simply carry on the calmer, darker recesses of Us, but this is an uncompromising affair, which is to its advantage, since Gabriel delves deeper into darkness, grief, and meditation. It may take a while for him to emerge from the darkness -- there is little of the comfort of a "Come Talk to Me" or "Blood of Eden," which are immediately soothing on Us -- but there are glimmers of hope throughout the album, even in its darkest moments. Again, it takes awhile to sort all this out -- to unlock the form of the songs, then their meanings -- and it's such a somber, hushed, insular affair that some dedicated listeners may not bother to spin it the appropriate number of times. But those serious fans who want to spend time with this will find that it does pay back many rewards.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Darkness
00:06:51

London Session Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Producer, String Arranger, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Sequencer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Levin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Alex Swift, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - David Rhodes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mahut Dominique, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Will Gregory, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Ingham, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Lynch, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Power, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd

2
Growing Up
00:07:33

Richard Chappell, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Keyboards, Organ, Vocals, Bass Programming, Sequencer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Davis, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Swift, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - David Rhodes, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Turntablist - Ged Lynch, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Osbourne, Producer, Additional Producer - A D Chivers, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd

3
Sky Blue
00:06:37

David Sancious, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Sequencer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Green, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Bottrill, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Guitar, Percussion, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Levin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Alex Swift, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - David Rhodes, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ged Lynch, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Melanie Gabriel, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd

4
No Way Out
00:07:53

Dominic Greensmith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Thompson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Harmonium, Bass Programming, Tom-Toms, Sequencer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Evans, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Levin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - MITCHELL FROOM, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - David Rhodes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Lynch, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Hossam Ramzi, Tabla, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd

5
I Grieve
00:07:24

Peter Gabriel, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Hague, Producer

℗ 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd

6
The Barry Williams Show
00:07:16

Richard Chappell, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Electric Guitar, Organ, Vocals, Harmonica, Bass Programming, Mellotron, Samples, Sequencer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Levin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - David Rhodes, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Berg, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Ged Lynch, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Larkin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Christian Le Chevretel, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd

7
My Head Sounds Like That
00:06:29

Richard Chappell, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Horn Arranger, Mellotron, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ezrin, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ed Shearmur, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Levin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - David Rhodes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mahut Dominique, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Lynch, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Assane Thiam, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Hossam Ramzi, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Black Dyke Mills Band, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd

8
More Than This
00:06:02

Dominic Greensmith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Organ, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, Samples, Sequencer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Levin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - David Rhodes, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ged Lynch, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Melanie Gabriel, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Brion, Mandolin, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd

9
Signal To Noise
00:07:36

Peter Gabriel, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd

10
The Drop
00:03:01

Peter Gabriel, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd

Album Description

Ten years is a long time, especially in pop music, but waiting ten years to deliver an album is a clear sign that you're not all that interested in the pop game anyway. Such is the case with Peter Gabriel, who delivered Up in 2002, a decade after Us and four years after he announced its title. Perhaps appropriately, Up sounds like an album that was ten years in the making, revealing not just its pleasures but its intent very, very slowly. This is not an accessible record, nor is it easy to warm up to, which means that many may dismiss it upon a single listen or two, never giving it the time it demands in order to be understood (it does not help matters that the one attempt at a single is the ham-fisted, wrong-headed trash-TV "satire" "The Barry Williams Show," which feels utterly forced and out of place here, as if Geffen was pleading for anything resembling a single to add to the album). Really, there is no other choice for an artist as somber and ambitious as Gabriel to craft an album as dense as Up; those who have waited diligently for ten years would be disappointed with anything less and, frankly, they're the only audience that matters after a decade. And they're not likely to be disappointed, since this album grows stronger, revealing more with each listen. Initially, it seems to simply carry on the calmer, darker recesses of Us, but this is an uncompromising affair, which is to its advantage, since Gabriel delves deeper into darkness, grief, and meditation. It may take a while for him to emerge from the darkness -- there is little of the comfort of a "Come Talk to Me" or "Blood of Eden," which are immediately soothing on Us -- but there are glimmers of hope throughout the album, even in its darkest moments. Again, it takes awhile to sort all this out -- to unlock the form of the songs, then their meanings -- and it's such a somber, hushed, insular affair that some dedicated listeners may not bother to spin it the appropriate number of times. But those serious fans who want to spend time with this will find that it does pay back many rewards.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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