Peter Gabriel: Up Reissue
10 years. It took Peter Gabriel nearly a decade between the release of Us, and the arrival of Up (Sept.2002). That is a long time, by any measure, but consider it against the backdrop of today’s pop culture machine. Now, it’s been another 14(!) years since Ups release, and I just picked up the vinyl reissue yesterday. Damn. These 45rpm pressings sound spectacular – no joke. The amount of time and care I imagine was put into these recordings is staggering…and considering our current listening habits, I think most won’t notice.
Consider this: artists may spend years recording their music to the best of their ability (and budget) knowing most people will never hear it the way they do.
Ok, the record: This album requires effort, but the dedicated listener will be rewarded with a dense, and deep listen that slowly reveals its secrets with each spin. It’s dark, and somber, sure. But there are brilliant moments throughout, and I dare say even The Barry Williams Show has more to offer with repeated listens. If you’re one who enjoys plumbing the sonic depths of a recording, Up will provide many hours of fun. I see this record as a great blend of Gabriel’s world music influences and the darker, electronic sonics found in his earlier work.