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  • Audio CD (September 24, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B00006F7S3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (415 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Darkness - Peter Gabriel
2. Growing Up - Peter Gabriel
3. Sky Blue - Peter Gabriel
4. No Way Out
5. I Grieve - Peter Gabriel
6. The Barry Williams Show
7. My Head Sounds Like That
8. More Than This
9. Signal To Noise
10. The Drop

Editorial Reviews

That Up exists at all is faintly miraculous. Over the past seven years, with guests including Youssou N'Dour, Peter Green, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Peter Gabriel has held recording sessions in Senegal, Atlanta, Singapore, the French Alps, and on a boat on the Amazon River, as well as at his own RealWorld studios. Having written and prepared over 150 songs, he's managed to cut this huge body of work down to just 10 tracks. There's a remarkable consistency and contemporary feel here that springs from a thoughtful layering process, with Gabriel combining tribal rhythms with complex backing vocals, samples, rock guitar, piano and--crucially--electronic effects. Indeed, the opener, "Darkness," begins with an aggressiveness that recalls the Prodigy, before hints of vulnerability and fear surface. Elsewhere, there is the dreamy "The Drop" and the orchestral heights of "Signal to Noise." Throughout, Gabriel uses water metaphors to put forward his positivist message. And it's all brilliant, sophisticated, and soulful. The man's a marvel and Up is a masterwork. --Dominic Wills

Customer Reviews

Highly recommend Up for any PG fan and the SACD is a must.
James Moran
If you like excellent music by an ARTIST that actually makes amazing music, Peter Gabriel's UP is a must!
Amy Hampton
This CD, even more so than Us, is one I will have to listen to more to like it.

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By "zekecake" on September 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Peter Gabriel has never been happy to rest on his laurels and produce mediocre material, something that few of his contemporaries could boast. Again he returns with a powerful, challenging, emotional album of songs that will be welcomed for their depth and power.
There is much here that will be familiar to his fans. The big drum tracks, fluid bass playing and emotive asmopherics. And of course there is Gabriel's voice which can range from cunning cynicism to frail vulnerability and everything between and beyond these extremes. But it is hardly a safe album. In feel many of the tracks hark back to his earliest solo work, before he entered the world of hit singles and million sellers. There are also many unexpected twists to the music that make for fascinating listening. An example is the upbeat switch in "I Grieve". In no way does he pander to the commercial considerations that hamstring so many successful artists.
The album is a solid reminder of why Peter Gabriel deserves his every success, something which it will no doubt guarantee him.
A triumph!!
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Richard McCormack on December 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to UP closely 50 or more times and saw Gabriel's recent show at the MCI Arena in Washington, D.C. The arena was far from sold out, with the average age of those in attendance being about 48. Sales of the album are going slowly, too. UP is not listed on Billboard's top 100 album chart.
Yet with UP, Gabriel finally does what I hoped he would do since I discovered him in 1974: he has given his dedicated fans a work of art that stands above all his previous releases perhaps even including those from Genesis three decades ago.
I can understand why Rolling Stone magazine would give this CD two stars. (Rolling Stone also gave "Selling England By the Pound" two stars upon its release in 1973). I was tempted to give UP two stars after buying it and surviving the first abrasive burst of guitar on the opening cut "Darkness." That and Tony Levin's persistent, penetrating bass that can drown out an unlearned melody were almost enough to turn my family into a covey of Gabriel haters. I've never had so many people yelling at me in unison to turn down the stereo.
I still don't much care for David Rhodes's initial guitar work on "Darkness." However, once you get to know it in the context of the song, it works exceedingly well, along with every bit of "Darkness," a masterpiece and the closest Gabriel has come to his seminal work on "The Battle of Epping Forest" or "Broadway Melody of 1974."
UP is not perfect, but perfect is hard to find -- perhaps only existing in one album that I know of: Sgt. Peppers from the Beatles. But I firmly believe that UP is as close to perfection as Gabriel has come in his solo career.
Having just re-listened to "Selling England" and "The Lamb," I have to say that the vocal virtuosity on UP exceeds both by a long shot.
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254 of 293 people found the following review helpful By x_bruce on October 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There are a lot of smart, articulate reviews here and they deserve being acknowledged. However there are two other styles driving me nuts. People fawning over Up as if it is the best thing to happen to music since....uhm, music and their polar opposites, the ones that can't forgive it for not sounding like So or Us.
First, Peter Gabriel's first three albums explored a lot of musicial territories, most of them dark and brooding. All of them mildly to highly experimental at times. Of these three most fans agree the third "aka: melting face" album was the one that really broke Peter Gabriel as a substantial talent and shed reason on why he left Genesis.
It was bold, set new standards of sound both in quality and timbre and created new music genres. It also introduced things like the Fairlight synthesizer and gated drums. If that term is not familiar listen to "Intruder" from that album and you'll hear the sound of 80's drum sounds. The Fairlight was a computer based sample playback device that could examine sounds and put them together with a lot of different sound qualities. This was one of the first samplers which also are quite popular in music today. However the album was so different that his record company dropped him. Thankfully he found another to distribute it.
Based on this tradition of new technology, blurring the lines of distinction between music styles, sounds and new technical advances PG continued with his 4th album, Security, one of the few recordings done completely digital that didn't sound terrible and bright. The Fairlight was back as were African drum troupes and exotic percussion.
That's the short history. Then came So, a glossy production with several bright and happy songs that were radio friendly and still not a sell out.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steven Reynolds on September 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Up" sees Gabriel going beyond the pop perfection of "So" and the cacophonous World Music fusion of "Us" into territory both stunningly new and wonderfully familiar. Reasserting his art-rock origins, he delivers a marvellously non-commercial album reminiscent of his earlier work - only better. It's as if the challenging, experimental Gabriel of the early `80s has been teleported into a twenty-first-century studio which at last has the technology to do justice to his vision. The opener, `Darkness', plays like an out-take from "Security" finally given the lush, sophisticated treatment it deserves. What follows, in track after track, is amazing: orchestral strings colliding with walls of confronting rhythms; layers of electronica and percussion vying with David Rhodes' masterful guitars. And all the while creeping up on you from beneath the oppressive rhythms and layers of liquid sound, waiting to slip out and surprise you like old friends, are Gabriel's trademark piano (as always, sounding for all the world like it's coming from an abandoned warehouse across the street) and his uniquely expressive, yearningly imperfect voice. The result is a rich, powerful and confronting soundscape perfectly attuned to the dark-yet-hopeful lyrics. Undoubtedly, "Up" won't please everybody. There's no easily accessible radio-gold here like `Sledgehammer' (though `More Than This' would make a fine single), nor anything quite like the peerless `Mercy Street'. But for dedicated listeners there's plenty on "Up" to love. It's big, dark and mysteriously beautiful. It's Gabriel at his grimmest, and very close to his best.
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