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Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence Soundtrack

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Gabriel returns to scoring for the first time sinc e his award-winning Passion. The project encompass es many of Gabriel's deeply-held-beliefs of person al independance, essential human freedoms, and a broader appreciation for authentic music from all cultures around the globe.

Aside from a multimedia pastiche he did for England's millennium celebration, this soundtrack for Philip Noyce's film marks Peter Gabriel's first full slate of original recordings in nearly a decade. In the meantime, Gabriel's globally ambitious Real World musical mini-empire has taken precedence; the knowledge the musician gleaned there is immediately apparent in his film cues here. While the booming electro-tribal rhythms of previous Gabriel work come instantly into play, there's a sense of spacious mystery that's perfectly emblematic of the story's Australian outback setting. Gabriel's penchant for dense aural construction gives way to an ambient soundscape punctuated by Aboriginal percussion, didgeridoo, and bird song, and occasionally washed over by lolling tides of synth and samples. It's an atmosphere that, like the Aboriginal world it evokes, is nearly devoid of traditional melody, but one infused with a gripping, almost subliminal power. "Cloudless" then brings in haunting indigenous voices as well, intertwining them with a wordless, Westernized choral to emphasize Gabriel's compelling world music vision. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jig Along
  2. Stealing The Children
  3. Unlocking The Door
  4. The Tracker
  5. Running To The Rain
  6. On The Map
  7. A Sense Of Home
  8. Go Away Mr. Evans
  9. Moodoo's Secret
  10. Gracie's Recapture
  11. Crossing The Salt Pan
  12. The Return Parts 1, 2, And 3
  13. Ngankarrparni (Sky Blue-Reprise)
  14. The Rabbit-Proof Fence
  15. Cloudless

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 18, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Real World Records / Peter Gabriel
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000647KC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gabriel doesn't dissapoint his fans or anyone else who is willing to step into the circle where his music can be heard. This time around, almost two years after his comeback recording "OVO" PG has yet another score to offer. He had previously done an outstanding work -his best in my opinion- with "Passion," the music to the Scorcese movie "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "Birdy" the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, directed by Alan Parker. "Long Walk Home" is, like its predecessors, a highly charged ethnic album, where Gabriel blends influences from several corners of the world, including this time also samples from aboriginal Australian tribes in the closing tracks. The album is packed with layers and layers of sound, but the two most remarkable moments in it are, without any doubt, "Running To The Rain" (whose theme is repeated throughout the album) and the three-part track "The Return," both of which promise to give you Gabriel's "shiver," that same sensation you felt when you "experienced" songs such as "It Is Accomplished," "Bread and Wine" (Passion) and "Wallflower" (Security) in the past. Long story short: buy it. True PG fans cannot afford to miss this work and casual PG listeners will get a kick of this, his most recent work.
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Before I review this, let's get one thing absolutely clear: Do not buy this album expecting another "Us" or "So" or Afro-Celt Sound System. If you're waiting for Peter Gabriel's next pop smash, I can guarantee that you will be disappointed by this disc.
Having said that, this is still a tremendous album, easily on par with (and instantly comparable to) Gabriel's "Passion", the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ. Gabriel has again brought together a host of musicians to collaborate on a soundtrack, succeeding in meshing disparate sounds into a cohesive whole that never sounds belabored or muddled. Ngankarrparni is an excellent example of this as aboriginal chanting is overlaid by dhobro, strings and vocals by the Blind Boys of Alabama.
If I had any complaint about this album, it's that Peter Gabriel did it again. But this is tempered by the fact that this is only the second soundtrack Gabriel has done like this and that, honestly, I'd rather hear Gabriel noodling around with world beats than most other artists who set out to compose with a mission in mind.
I find that I get lost to this music, losing track of time as it plays in the background. The simplest review? If you liked Passion, you'll like this. Simple.
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"Rabbit Proof Fence" is the new Australian film by Philip Noyce, telling the true story of three aboriginal girls who are kidnapped from their home in order to be sold as slave workers. But the three girls escape, and must travel alongside a 1500 mile-long "rabbit proof" fence that stretches across the Australian outback in order to get home. Peter Gabriel's new soundtrack album for the film, appropriately titled "The Long Walk Home," is a beautiful instrumental album that picks up where his classic previous instrumental album, "Passion: Music From The Last Temptation Of Christ," left off. This is a mostly quieter soundtrack album than "Passion," but it's no less powerful. Gabriel effortlessly infuses traditional Australian musical elements to the soundtrack's aural soundscapes, such as didgeridoo and tribal chant. He plays various keyboards, and also pitches in on background vocals for a couple of tracks. Credit must also be given to guest artists The Blind Boys Of Alabama, who contribute memorable, haunting vocals to the equally-haunting tracks, "Ngankarrparni," & "Cloudless." Wonderful stuff.While we still wait for the new "proper" solo album from Gabriel--10 years & counting now--"The Long Walk Home: Music From The Rabbit Proof Fence" is an incredible, beautiful, essential "stop-gap" Peter Gabriel album to add to your collection. Filled with gorgeous lushness & atmosphere, "The Long Walk Home" should succeed in holding you over until the new "proper" Gabriel album is released later this year. Enjoy. :-)
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While the public patiently waits for his first proper album since "Us" (1992) and the story themed "Ovo" (2000, from a show presented at the Millenium Dome outside of London), we're offered another film score from Mr. Gabriel. The liner notes reveal that "The Rabbit Proof Fence" is an Austrailian film based on a true story of a 14 year old aboriginal girl who is taken, along with her younger sister and cousin, 1500 miles from their home to a government institution to be trained as domestic workers for white society. The girl leads an escape to find the fence that could lead them across the outback back to their home. The film is due to have a US release later this year.
The music is a combination of elements from his previous efforts. Due to the film's subject matter, the music is darker in tone like the "Birdy" score, but is still rooted in aboriginal and Australian culture, bringing to mind the moody droning passages of "Passion", the album of music from his score to "The Last Temptation of Christ." It's a hypnotic blend of synthesized and natural instrumentation, with recorded birds providing atmosphere and melody on several tracks. "Ngankarrparni" and "Cloudless" feature the Blind Boys of Alabama and Ningali & Myarn Lawford on gospel and chanting vocals respectively, the latter not unlike something found on a Dead Can Dance recording. (Mr. Gabriel only has minor vocal effects on 3 tracks, as there are no 'songs' on this CD.)
While not as immediately arresting as "Passion", the music is still beautiful and interresting, and will be enjoyed by fans of that album and Gabriel's work overall until his new album is released later this year. More information can be found on his website at
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