Up (Peter Gabriel album)

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Up
Up - Peter Gabriel.jpg
Studio album by Peter Gabriel
Released 23 September 2002
Recorded April 1995 – October 1998
(Principal recording),
Early 2000 – April 2002
(Additional recording)
Studio Real World Studios, Box, England,
(Principal recording)
The Meduse and the Real World Mobile Recorder in Senegal and France
(Additional recording)
Genre Progressive rock, art rock, electronic rock, industrial rock, downtempo, worldbeat
Length 66:40
Label Geffen (US & Canada), Virgin
Producer Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel chronology
Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence
(2002)Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence2002
Up
(2002)
Hit
(2003)Hit2003
Singles from Up
  1. "The Barry Williams Show"
    Released: 16 September 2002
  2. "More than This"
    Released: 30 December 2002
  3. "Growing Up"
    Released: 30 June 2003
  4. "Darkness"
    Released: 2 August 2004 (Switerzland only)

Up (2002) is the seventh studio and 13th album overall released by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel. It is his last full-length studio album of new original material to date, as the subsequent albums Scratch My Back and New Blood feature covers of other artists' songs and orchestral renderings of Gabriel's older material, respectively.

Pre-release[edit]

Gabriel began work on the album in the spring of 1995. Its name was Up from the start, though at one point the name I/O was considered. Gabriel began saying the album was near completion somewhere around 1998 but did not release it until September 2002. In the months preceding the album's release, video clips of Gabriel talking about the songs as well as short demos of each song were released at the coming of every full moon on Gabriel's official website.

Songs[edit]

The album's lyrics deal mostly with birth and especially death. The opening track, "Darkness", is a song about overcoming fears. "Growing Up" is a summation of life put to a pulsating beat. "Sky Blue" is a track Gabriel claimed to have been working on for 10 years before finishing it. The track "No Way Out" is the first track to deal with death solely, though death is a common theme across the entire album. "I Grieve" was conceived after Gabriel looked over his catalogue of music as if it were a catalogue of emotional tools. He found one major missing tool to be one to cope with death and therefore "I Grieve" was born. Gabriel performed the song live on the television show Larry King Weekend on the first anniversary of September 11 attacks in the U.S., during which Gabriel said that his two daughters were living in New York City and he could not contact them for some time, and that this song was for people who did not hear anything from their relatives then.[1] It was not, however, written specifically for 9/11, having appeared on the City of Angels soundtrack in 1998 (in an earlier version) and performed live prior to 9/11.

The first single from Up, "The Barry Williams Show" is a down-beat, jazzy song dealing with reality talk shows such as Jerry Springer (in fact, The Brady Bunch star Barry Williams appeared as an audience member in the Sean Penn-directed music video for the song with Requiem for a Dream actor Christopher McDonald playing the titular talk show host).

The second single, "More than This" is one of the more upbeat songs from the album. The song wonders over there being something more to life. The song "Signal to Noise" was a challenge for Gabriel because the guest vocalist for the track, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, died. All that was left to work with were recordings from a live performance of an early version of the song at the VH1 Witness show on 28 April 1996. Finally, "The Drop" consists of only Gabriel and a Bösendorfer grand piano.

Formats and packaging[edit]

The album cover pictures five water drops in a diagonal line, over a blurred background of Gabriel's face. Each drop contains a refracted image of Gabriel's face.

The album is available in stereo on CD & vinyl while Surround Sound versions are encoded in Super Audio CD, and DTS DVD-A.

The album, in a similar fashion to the earlier Us, used specially commissioned artwork representing each song, which was reproduced in the CD, vinyl, DVD-A, and SACD packaging. In this case the medium chosen was photography. Pictures are by Arno Rafael Minkkinen for "Darkness", M. Richard Kirstel for "Growing up", Shomei Tomatsu for "Sky Blue" and "I Grieve", Mari Mahr for "No Way Out", Paul Thorel for "The Barry Williams Show", Granular-Synthesis (Kurt Hentschläger and Ulf Langheinrich) for "My Head Sounds Like That", Susan Derges for "More Than This", Michal Rovner for "Signal to Noise", Adam Fuss for "The Drop."

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment.ie4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
Kludge7/10[7]
Pitchfork Media7.2/10[8]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[9]

Up has received generally favourable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 74, based on 16 reviews.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Peter Gabriel.

No.TitleLength
1."Darkness"6:51
2."Growing Up"7:33
3."Sky Blue"6:37
4."No Way Out"7:53
5."I Grieve"7:25
6."The Barry Williams Show"7:16
7."My Head Sounds Like That"6:29
8."More than This"6:02
9."Signal to Noise"7:36
10."The Drop"2:59

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
  • Peter Gabriel – vocals (all tracks) Hammond organ (tracks 2, 6, and 8) bass guitar (track 4), harmonica (track 6), piano (tracks 1, 3-4, 7-8, 10), reversed strings (track 6), harmonium (track 4), keyboards (tracks 1, 3, 5), tom-tom (track 4), electronic drums (tracks 5 and 9), Mellotron (tracks 6-7, 9), electronics (tracks 1, 3, 6, 8-9), keyboards (tracks 2, 5-6, 9), MPC groove (tracks 1-4, 6, 8-9), crotales (track 4), sampled guitar (track 8) sampled keyboards (tracks 2 and 4) string samples (track 6), Telecaster (tracks 4 and 6), JamMan (tracks 1-2)
  • Tony Levin – bass guitar (tracks 1 and 3–8)
  • David Rhodes – guitar (tracks 1–4, 6-9), electric guitar (track 5), backing vocals (tracks 2–3, 6 and 8–9)
  • Manu Katché – drums (tracks 1–3, 5–7)
  • Dave Power – drums (track 1)
  • Hossam Ramzy – tabla (track 4), percussion (track 7)
  • L. Shankar – improvised double violin (track 5)
  • Melanie Gabriel – backing vocals (tracks 3 and 8)
  • Tchad Blake – scratches (track 2), groove treatment effects (track 6)
  • Jon Brionmandolin (track 8), Chamberlin (track 8)
  • Richard Chappell – programming, percussion (track 2), treated loop (track 6), loop manipulation (track 7)
  • Christian Le Chevretel – trumpet (track 6)
  • Adrian Chivers – backing vocals (track 2)
  • Pete Davis – additional programming (track 2)
  • Dominque Mahut – percussion (tracks 2 and 7)
  • Richard Evans – recorder (track 4), acoustic guitar (track 5)
  • Bob Ezrin – co-brass arrangement (track 7)
  • Tony Berg – backwards guitar (track 6)
  • Mitchell Froom – backwards piano (track 4)
  • Steve Gadd – drums (tracks 4 and 9), percussion (track 9)
  • Peter Green – guitar (track 3)
  • Dominic Greensmith – drums (tracks 4 and 8)
  • Will Gregory – string arrangements (tracks 1 and 9)
  • Stephen Hague – percussion (track 5)
  • Chris Hughes – drum programming (track 4)
  • Nick Ingham – orchestrations (tracks 1 and 9)
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – vocals (track 9)
  • Daniel Lanois – guitar (track 3), percussion (track 3)
  • Sally Larkin – backing vocals (6)
  • Ged Lynch – drums (tracks 2, 6 and 8), percussion (tracks 2–9)
  • Chuck Norman – Spectre programming (track 5), strings (bridge; track 5)
  • David SanciousHammond organ (track 3)
  • Ed Shearmur – co-brass arrangement (track 7)
  • Alex Swift – additional programming (tracks 1–3)
  • Assane Thiam – percussion (track 7)
  • Danny Thompson – double bass (track 4)
  • Will White – percussion (track 5)
  • Black Dyke Band – brass (track 7)
  • Blind Boys of Alabama – additional vocals (track 3), backing vocals (track 8)
  • Dhol Foundation – Dhol drums (track 9)
  • London Session Orchestra – strings (tracks 1 and 9)
  • Isobel Griffiths – string contractor (tracks 1 and 9)
Technical personnel
  • Peter Gabriel – production, design concept
  • Steve Osbourne – additional production (track 2)
  • Stephen Hauge – co-production (track 5)
  • Richard Chappell – recording, engineering
  • Richard Evans – additional engineering
  • Alan Coleman – assistant engineering
  • Edel Griffith – assistant engineering
  • Dan Roe – assistant engineering
  • Chris Treble – assistant engineering
  • Ben Findlay – on-band recording session engineering
  • Steve Orchard – orchestra engineering (tracks 1 and 9)
  • Derek Zuzarte – additional engineering (Blind Boys of Alabama vocals)
  • Kevin Quah – additional engineering (Blind Boys of Alabama vocals)
  • Yang – additional engineering (Blind Boys of Alabama vocals)
  • Steve McLaughlin – additional engineering (Black Dyke Band)
  • Tchad Blake – mixing (tracks 1–4 and 6–9)
  • Claire Lewis – mix assistant
  • Marco Miglari – additional mix assistant
  • Paul Grady – additional mix assistant
  • Richard Evans – mixing (track 5)
  • Stephen Hague – mixing (track 5)
  • Kurt Hentschlägergranular synthesis
  • Ulf Langheinrich – granular synthesis
  • Marc Bessant – design concept
  • Susie Millns – design coordinator
  • Adam Fuss – photography
  • Arno Rafael Minkkien – photography
  • M. Richard Kirstel – photography
  • Mari Mahr – photography
  • Michal Rovner – photography
  • Paul Thorel – photography
  • Shomei Tomatsu – photography
  • Susan Derges – photography
  • Susan Derges – sleeve photography
  • Dilly Gent – photo coordination

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 37
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 4
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 2
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[15] 16
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 18
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 11
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 4
Italian Albums (FIMI)[19] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[20] 35
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[21] 11
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[22] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 11
US Billboard 200[26] 9
US Top Internet Albums[citation needed] 9

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
BPI – UK Silver 18 October 2002
CRIA – Canada Gold 23 July 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Gabriel on Larry King : I Grieve 2002 on YouTube
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for Up by Peter Gabriel". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "Entertainment.ie review". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2007. 
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ The Guardian review
  7. ^ Kludge review
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review
  10. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Peter Gabriel – Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Peter Gabriel – Up" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Peter Gabriel – Up" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Peter Gabriel – Up" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Peter Gabriel Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Peter Gabriel – Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Peter Gabriel – Up" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Peter Gabriel: Up" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Peter Gabriel – Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Peter Gabriel – Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Peter Gabriel – Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  21. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Peter Gabriel – Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  22. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Peter Gabriel – Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Peter Gabriel – Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  25. ^ "Peter Gabriel | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  26. ^ "Peter Gabriel Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 April 2016.

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