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

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2002 album from Peter Gabriel is the soundtrack to the highly acclaimed independent Australian film 'Rabbit Proof Fence' directed by Phillip Noyce (The Bone Collector, Patriot Games and others). 15 tracks. Realworld Records / 2002 release. No US release is currently scheduled.

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  • Performer: Peter Gabriel, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
  • Composer: Richard / Gabriel, Peter / Rhodes, David Evans, Peter [1] Gabriel
  • Audio CD (April 16, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B0000648R5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on June 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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 petergabriel.com.
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