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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, March 17, 2017
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Originally released in 1992. Remastered in 2002. In 1992 Peter Gabriel delivered Us, his sequel to So. Featuring ten impressive tracks. "Digging in the Dirt" has an insistent pulse, "Blood of Eden" and "Come Talk to Me" are quite beautiful, "Secret World" is quietly anthemic. An eclectic and deeply personal album remastered to bring out the intended depth and clarity of the original.
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Without doing a track by track discussion, US is still typical Peter Gabriel.
My one criticism is the at times same sounding timbre of the album which is not quite as dynamic as his prior albems. This may be production based although the brooding quality fits Gabriel as an artist in general. Honestly, he does challenge his listeners which is why a great deal of us like his music and/or artistic vision.
In all, this is a strong set of musically and emotionally challenging songs that shows Gabriel at an artistic juncture.
Personally, I like his third album for its genre busting (in its day) new style production quality along with his revelatory orchestral readings of past compositions. That said, and true of much of Peter Gabriel's work, this is an essential addition to any fan's collection and while not my favorite I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to any fan of progressive flavored rock although it should be noted the out of favor word progressive (not to mention completely redefined in other music genres) is literally a partial element of this album.
US transcends the typical rock genre stereotypes. Songs like Come Talk To Me and Digging In The Dirt are among the standouts, the former powerful and affirming while the latter has a darker energy very much indicative of the album's darker feel. Steam, while not one of my favorites, in part because it seems formulaic, is a live favorite that's R&B flavor, for me, seems out of place on this album.
Yes, I'm probably in the minority for saying this and in concert, while still not a favorite, does much better contextually. I can't help but wonder if this wasn't either a connection to So's Sledgehammer rather than commercialism to help uplift sales, but that's my cynicism more so. In fact, one area of Peter Gabriel's musical canon has been his unflinching integrity which is very evident on this album.
Lastly: the remaster keeps the dark timbre of this album while enhancing overall sonics. For those involved with modern rock or pop there are dynamics here and make for part of the occasional tension and drama found on this album. A lesson to be learned by younger listeners who may initially find this unexpected or possibly sonically jarring.
I wasn't aware of this 2002 remaster release until last month, when I was perusing Amazon for those few remaining CDs that I haven't managed to replace yet.
Replete with subtle, complex musical arrangements and intensely humane lyrics, "Us" is Peter Gabriel's best, most complete album. "So" is a close second, but there are a few tracks on "So" that seem like mere filler. Not so on "Us." Every track seems purposefully crafted and included, with the possible exception of "Fourteen Black Paintings" (not a bad song at all, just sounds more like it belongs on a movie soundtrack). I suppose you could also argue that the two mainstream pop-esque songs, "Steam" (which I always thought was similar to -- but much better than -- "Big Time") and "Kiss That Frog," don't quite harmonize with the overall emotional tenor of "Us," but I won't quibble with greatness. "Come Talk to Me" is a compelling opening and invitation, followed immediately by the beautiful and moving "Love to be Loved" and "Blood of Eden." And you can't find more musical honesty and integrity than showcased in "Washing of the Water" and "Digging in the Dirt."
The remastered version superbly highlights the many acoustic nuances that were so painstakingly crafted by Gabriel. Can't recommend it highly enough -- just make sure to treat yourself to excellent speakers or headphones that can really showcase everything going on here. Then sit back and sail away. Wrestling with heartache never felt so good.