Peter Gabriel
Up


5.0
classic

Review

by Aaron: Non-contributor USER (44 Reviews)
May 30th, 2013 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Up" manages to take a step up from "Us", and results in one of Peter Gabriel's best works...

When waiting ten years, the wait can be tiring for fans who are expecting the next album to come along from their favorite artist. This type of wait, while not common, usually results in either an awful album or a masterpiece based on the expectation of the fans. Sometimes, it’s in between, with the end result being decent. With Peter Gabriel, his most recent effort that contained original material, he falls into the latter category.

2002’s “Up” makes for an extremely engaging listen, beginning with the gripping “Darkness”, which flat out states one of the many themes of “Up”. Where 1992’s “Us” focused mainly on Gabriel’s personal issues, such as the growing estrangement from his first daughter, Anna-Marie; and the failure of his first marriage, among other subjects. “Up” makes use of its sixty-seven minute long running time to cover more darker subjects, the most prominent one being death. Other subjects such as fear (“Darkness”), life itself (“Growing Up”), the stages of grief (“I Grieve”), et cetera, et cetera, are present on "Up".

“Up”, or the songs “Sky Blue” and “Signal to Noise”, further expand on the use of world music, ever present since Gabriel’s eighties works, and make for the stronger listens, while tracks like ”Darkness” and “Growing Up” implement the use of electronics, especially the latter with its pulsating beat complimenting the track. Other tracks worth mentioning are "More Than This", which is about the narrator lamenting of there being much more to life than what he is living. "The Barry Williams Show", while a decent track, is the weakest on the album. Despite that, it makes a sassy criticism of reality television and talk shows, while saving the best insults for Jerry Springer. One nagging problem with “Up” is the length itself, which makes the album difficult to listen to without getting bored, with some of the tracks dragging on too long. (“No Way Out” comes to mind) But when it comes to “Up”, it manages to stay consistent all the way through, so when the listener is fully captivated by the material, it is sure to be an enjoyable from beginning to end.

In the end, “Up” not only makes for an enjoyably solid experience, but may be one of Gabriel’s greatest achievements. While overshadowed by “Melt” and “So”, it has to be one of best among his catalogue.



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dannyboy89
May 30th 2013


11975 Comments


Review could be a bit longer. But it's well written so I'll
pos.

Also, 5 reviews are always the hardest. I'd add more detail, such as how
this album is different from other PG works and how it might be
similar.

KILL
May 30th 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

review scratch plz

Digging: A Guy Called Gerald - Black Secret Technology

CK
May 30th 2013


4922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was on my to-review list for the longest time. I should look at that list again...

Sweet review. Kind of sad you didn't talk about More Than This, which is the best song here along with
Growing Up

Digging: Death - Human

Jethro42
May 30th 2013


12456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was there on that tour. It was a great experience.

dannyboy89
May 30th 2013


11975 Comments


It's better. You're definitely getting the hang of
reviewing quicker than I did. I still have much to learn.

Also, your first paragraph looks bigger than
the others. You might want to even them out a bit.

CK
May 30th 2013


4922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha you didn't actually have to edit it =P but awesome.

Oh, and epic avatar. Metropolis is an awesome film

dannyboy89
May 31st 2013


11975 Comments


Looks much better. I look forward to your next review.

Jethro42
May 31st 2013


12456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my ghost likes to travel so far in the unknown
my ghost likes to travel so deep into your space


KILL
May 31st 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

review scratch plz

Jethro42
May 31st 2013


12456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I couldnt say

berlin1973
October 20th 2013


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Barry William's Show is the weakest track? Hell no!
Anyway, great review, I agree with your other points...



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