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Rock - Released September 24, 2013 | Real World Productions

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Pop - Released September 13, 1994 | Real World Productions

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An aural postcard of Gabriel's 1993-1994 "Us World Tour," Secret World Live is demonstrative of this studio perfectionist's ability to produce singular, textured works in any setting. To expand the music's breadth, for the "Us" tour he added noted jazz violinist Shankar and vocalist Paula Cole to his band, and restructured the songs to reflect the more celebratory aspects of live performances. This mix provides Secret World Live with its worldbeat-meets-new age jazz meets-English art-soul sound. The second half of the album incorporates previous hits -- the sexually charged "Sledgehammer," the elegiac "Don't Give Up" (with Cole playing Kate Bush's part), and the anthemic "In Your Eyes" -- into a song-cycle that explores youth and love. It all makes Gabriel's Secret World Live add up to a musical stew that is equal parts William Gibson, Carl Jung, and Fela Kuti.
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Rock - Released June 12, 2000 | Real World Productions

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Film Soundtracks - Released March 18, 1985 | Real World Productions

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Rock - Released October 10, 2011 | Real World Productions

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Rock - Released September 18, 2013 | Real World Productions

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Film Soundtracks - Released August 16, 2002 | Real World Productions

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Rock - Released September 9, 1982 | Real World Productions

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Rock - Released September 9, 2016 | Real World Productions

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Pop - Released June 17, 2016 | Real World Productions

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Rock - Released May 23, 1980 | Real World Productions

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Rock - Released April 11, 2019 | Real World Productions

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Film Soundtracks - Released April 16, 2002 | Real World Productions

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Nearly a full decade after the release of Us, Peter Gabriel finally returned with new music in the summer of 2002 -- but it wasn't a new studio album, it was the soundtrack to Phillip Noyce's return to independent Australian cinema, Rabbit-Proof Fence. The film tells the true story of three Aboriginal girls who make a return to their home after being abducted by the government to serve as domestic help to a white family in 1931; as they make their journey through the Outback to their home, they follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, which had been constructed to prevent animals deemed agricultural pests -- including rabbits, dingoes, and foxes -- from crossing into Western Australia agricultural lands. This, understandably, is a moody, emotional piece, and Gabriel was an ideal choice for the soundtrack, since he proved with his score for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ that he could stay faithful to the indigenous music of the region while synthesizing it with his own synth-based art rock, providing a haunting, emotionally resonant soundtrack to the film. He does a similar thing here, using Aboriginal music as a foundation for much of his music, yet winding up with a score that's ultimately closer to Birdy than Passion. That's largely due to its long stretches of moody, spare keyboards, which dominate much of the album. The keyboards are the dominant sound here, not the rhythms, but it all blends together for a very evocative, dark yet hopeful set of music. It's not a splashy comeback, then, but a quiet return to something Gabriel does best -- creating soundscapes that are at once alien and familiar, eerie yet comforting. That he hasn't done this in a while does not diminish the fact that he's created a strong instrumental piece that stands on its own, outside of the film, holding its own with Birdy and Passion. And it only whets the appetite for a full-scale comeback. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Rock - Released November 20, 1990 | Real World Productions

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Rock - Released June 12, 2000 | Real World Productions

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In 1997, Peter Gabriel was asked to pilot a visual project for London's Millennium Dome. OVO is a work based on the intersecting problems of race relations, environmental concerns, family issues, and fairy tales as allegories, violence, and more. And keep in mind that this was to be a visual piece. Gabriel, to meet the challenge for CD, added a ton of multimedia to the musical soundtrack: there is a drawn storybook, The Story of OVO, a view of the installation itself from every angle, and many stopgap notes, drawings, and the like. For the soundtrack, he enlisted the help of collaborators such as Elizabeth Fraser, Neneh Cherry (whatever happened to her third record, the one she did with Tricky?), Richie Havens, the Black Dyke Mills Band, the Electra Strings, Paul Buchanan (of Blue Nile), Adzido, the Dhol Foundation drummers, and Iarla Ó Lionáird from the Afro-Celt Sound System. Needless to say, the music is all over the map, from a rap version of the "Story of Ovo" to an Irish jig to Gabriel's percussive culture plundering soundscapes and new songs (including a truly dull rework of "Digging in the Dirt") to Eno-like ambiences to folk songs and new songs with Havens and Ó Lionáird singing like the opposite ends of a heavenly choir and Liz Fraser soaring over the Dhol Foundation drummers. It sounds awesome doesn't it? It should be. But it's not. OVO sounds labored, choppy, and pasted together, like it is the soundtrack to a visual installation, and feels incomplete without it. This is not a project like Passion was or even Birdy; it's a pastiche that attempts to be as ambitious as the installation project. And it is ambitious. Unfortunately, musically it isn't consistent enough to sustain the listener's interest for the entire length of the recording. It is a curious project with moments, but is most likely for hardcore fans only. ~ Thom Jurek
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Pop - Released March 18, 1985 | Real World Productions

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Rock - Released January 1, 2010 | Caroline Records