Peter Gabriel
Passion


4.0
excellent

Review

by Merkaba33 USER (14 Reviews)
December 1st, 2008 | 19 replies | 6,669 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While this is a superb album, it’s still only a soundtrack.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

The year was 1989 and Peter Gabriel had just come off his most successful album So. One might figure with the way the album fared that he would just as easily return to the studio and break out another pop album, only to see it rise to the top of the charts. Well that is if you hadn’t heard any of his prior work. I’m sure it didn’t come as a surprise to those who were familiar with his music when he decided to make the soundtrack for Martin Scorcese’s controversial film The Last Temptation of Christ. While I have never seen the film, I am, like many others, very familiar with the tale of the Gospel. I’m also aware of the film’s twist (hint, it’s related to the title of the film). While it may seem that I should see a film before critiquing its soundtrack, I think it gave me an opportunity to solely focus on the music, while not getting caught up with all the film’s scenes.

Mostly all the music here takes on a middle-eastern style to fit the film. In fact Gabriel collaborated with many African and Arabic musicians through his organization WOMAD, to help give the album an accurate sound. It utilizes instruments such as the ney, qanun, and many hand drums. Gabriel’s biggest accomplishment here is that he is seamlessly combines these styles with more of his common sound. This style would help open doors to an expanded genre of “world” music. A great of example of this arises in the first track, “The Feeling Begins”. The subtle ney opens up the album, only to be trounced upon by Gabriel’s signature bombastic tom work. It works though and builds a groove that anybody can enjoy.

This album flows extremely well and is very relaxing. Gabriel conjures up many emotions throughout the album. On “Passion” you can just feel the pain coming from the wild middle-eastern singing. And on the sinister track “The Promise of Shadows”, a very uneasy gloom hovers over the music. In fact this track sounds eerily similar to the music in the Shadow Temple of The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. I'm sure many of you know what I'm referring to.

While Gabriel’s voice work is limited to just a kind of back up ambience on a few tracks, he is heavily featured on the track “A Different Drum” He sings an absolutely beautiful chorus: “Open your eyes! Let in the Light!” It is because of his singing that I think this is the best track on the album. This is however the album’s biggest problem. Gabriel’s singing voice is just not used enough. I strongly believe that stamping the sound of the album with more of his voice would have given the album a more distinct and unique quality.

However that’s my only real complaint. And seeing as it is a soundtrack to a film, I’m sure using his voice in more tracks would have been a difficult and unwise thing to do. So I guess the real problem is that it’s a soundtrack. It couldn’t live up to its potential because it had to cater to the movie. Don’t expect this to be your typical Peter Gabriel album to sing along with. It’s a beautiful piece of work in its own right. Highly Recommended



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Merkaba33
December 1st 2008



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Subject to change

Golgoroth
December 1st 2008



1084 Comments


Good review but maybe reword "Yeah I can say that because I know pretty much everyone has played that game." It just doesn't flow.


Merkaba33
December 1st 2008



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fixedThis Message Edited On 12.01.08

Mendigo
December 2nd 2008



2299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

finally a review of this (and a pretty good one even). I wanted to write one for a long time, probably I still will.
you're right that you don't have to see the movie to write a review about that, also because this album isn't the OST, but a version altered by Peter Gabriel to make up an album. Nevertheless I really recommend the movie, it's probably the best movie about the whole Resurrection story ever made (and the reason it was critizised was that the conservative Christians were just unwilling to open their mind a bit, that's all) and Willem Dafoe rules the shit out of every other actor portraying Jesus - though the movie pales in comparison to many other Scorsese movies imo, it's still a great movie to watch.

It almost feels like much of the music could have been done by anybody today.

no, dude, Peter Gabriel worked with many musicians from Eastern Europe and Africa, and while I do not know much about all those instruments, it is enough to hear that at least some of them are stunning virtuosos. also using his voice more often would have taken away the magic that turns this into one of my all-time favorites.

Merkaba33
December 2nd 2008



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no, dude, Peter Gabriel worked with many musicians from Eastern Europe and Africa, and while I do not know much about all those instruments, it is enough to hear that at least some of them are stunning virtuosos.

yeah that was the part i was thinking of changing. i knew he had taken inspiration from other talented musicians of the genre but i didn't know he actually used their recordings. knowing that, i think i'll change it.
...using his voice more often would have taken away the magic that turns this into one of my all-time favorites.

i disagree, i think his voice could have been used just a bit more. maybe just 1 or 2 other tracks with some actual singing would have helped. thats just me though.



suppersready
August 14th 2012



61 Comments


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thijsvanleer
October 1st 2012



172 Comments


this fucking rules

thijsvanleer
October 1st 2012



172 Comments


51 votez queef

thijsvanleer
October 1st 2012



172 Comments


hmm dont know both rock

thijsvanleer
October 1st 2012



172 Comments


whos cares she sucks redsky confirmed it

KILL
March 7th 2013



70586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is some intense shit

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Titan
March 7th 2013



4799 Comments


never got into his solo material......

KILL
March 7th 2013



70586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

duuuuuuuude not even melt? the fuck thats almost selling england level

YankeeDudel
March 7th 2013



9305 Comments


never heard this damn

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Titan
March 7th 2013



4799 Comments


ill check it

KILL
March 7th 2013



70586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really like the album cover too which is weird cos i usually hate artsy fartsy silentpotato shit

TrueBlood
August 2nd 2013



1388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pre koo to see this rev'd

KILL
August 2nd 2013



70586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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TrueBlood
August 2nd 2013



1388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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