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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
|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|
Agree that this goes back to older style somewhat, but that was really more psychedelic and alternative, while this album is very whiny and is emotionally, a total buzz-kill :(... Read morePublished 9 months ago by JindraMojo
This brief review is all about the fidelity of this gem of an SACD. Most all of you reading this already know how special this album is - perhaps PG's greatest achievement. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Good Judge
As I have mentioned previously in my review of the “Us” album, pretty much everything that Peter Gabriel did after the peak in his commercial success with the “So” album went more... Read morePublished 10 months ago by The Terminator
For years I've had the SO album, what a classic. I've been meaning to buy UP for a couple of years now and finally gotten around to it this month. WOW, I love it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by New Life Style
the remastered sound is great! peter sounds right with you. great bottom end and the music is very dynamic. highly recommended!Published 15 months ago by greg
This album is a bit darker than So,
but still very good.
SACD's surround mix is sometimes too heavy, sometimes very good.
Peter's music makes me think cry because he inspires me so much. How could anyone not see this? Well anyone that does not like Peter.Published 21 months ago by Desiree O'connell
Peter Gabriel is a genius. But I don't need to tell most of you looking at his music. You likely already know. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Eliot Kaplan
This is a Re-mastered ver of this cd that originally came out in 2002.
This was re-Issued in 2010. So Sonically--it's a great cd. Read more
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|Peter Gabriel's third album is his best||
I agree that his third album is his best work, one of the best albums ever made in fact, but his first, Us, and Up are also quite stunning in their own right. In fact all of Peter's albums are quite good actually, except for Security and So in my mind which have only one or two great songs on... Read More
Jan 21, 2015 by Mary A. Truxton | See all 2 posts
|Burn You Up, Burn You Down?||
I don't think it was ever on Up. It was released as a new track for the compilation Hit and also eventually on the international collaboration albm Big Blue Ball.
Jan 9, 2013 by John M. Kertis | See all 4 posts