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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Since his departure from Genesis, Peter Gabriel has crafted a very successful career blending his slight, anguished voice with studio sorcery and a bevy of world-music influences. However, Us does very little to build a ca... more »
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Since his departure from Genesis, Peter Gabriel has crafted a very successful career blending his slight, anguished voice with studio sorcery and a bevy of world-music influences. However, Us does very little to build a case for his artistic growth in the six years that separate it from the commercial milestone of So. During the hiatus, Gabriel's marriage broke up, which undoubtedly contributes to the self-consciousness and introspection that permeate the album. The pop psychology of "Love to Be Loved" and "Washing of the Water" is overwrought. The exotic instrumentation on "Come and Talk to Me" seems intrusive and contrived. "Steam" and "Kiss the Frog" lighten the tone, but, as good-natured rockers, they are no matches for "Sledgehammer" or "Big Time." The production values and supporting players are of the highest order, but, with this material, Gabriel comes across as hypersensitive. Except for die-hard fans, Us is So-lite. --Rob Stewart
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John C. from KENSINGTON, MD
Reviewed on 4/12/2014...
I didn't need to buy this record when it came out because by the time it did Peter was synonymous with FM radio and I heard his music every where I went. So it was fun to finally pick this CD up to own and revisit all this amazing music.
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Lana T. from EAST AURORA, NY
Reviewed on 11/23/2006...
Not as good as So, but still great Gabriel.
'though it takes all the strength in me, and all the world c
Deven Gadula | san francisco, ca, united states | 11/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a powerful statement Peter Gabriel released following his marriage break up. Wonderful gift to many considering a divorce so they can hear his pain and then decide to...move on. This experience has the power to make you want to work on what is at hand and not let go and start again only to notice later on that a part of you was gone as well. It is hard to stay whole when parts of you are left all over.
Musically this album is complex with big emphasis on drum beat. Peter Gabriel is a phenomenal drummer himself, playing drums and singing for Genesis over 35 years ago. His friends not only from his ethnic music label are joining him here but drums are controlled mostly by them. The Babacar Faye drummers are playing Sabar drums on a couple of songs; Manu Katche plays on most songs; Assane Thiam is playing Talking drum on one song. Besides Tony Levin on bass and David Rhodes on guitar Peter is getting help here from Brian Eno, Sinead O'Connor, Daniel Lanois Ravi Shankar, William Orbid and John Paul Jones amongst others and the instruments include saxophones, trombone, violin, cello, mandolin, harmonica, Mexican flute, Ney flute, Senegalese shakers, and other things. A lot is going on here although the sound is often so full of drum beat that it takes some careful listening to separate some of the instruments. And yes, it is true that the low tones of drums go hand in hand with the dark mood of Peter's spirit. This album is his pain relief.
Love To Be Loved holds an incredible moment in it: 'this old familiar craving, I've been here before. This way of behaving, don't know who the hell I'm saying any more. Let it pass let it go let it leave. From the deepest place I grieve this time I believe. And I let go. And I let go. I can let go of it, though it takes all the strength in me, and all the world can see. I'm loosing such a central part of me'... Pretty powerful stuff... This is a very even album. Basically the entire album is great. The only songs I did not care about too much was #4, Steam, which of course got the most air play and attention, and songs #9 and #10. Back in 2008 I have compiled my favorite songs of Peter Gabriel and called them Fear, She's The Mother Of Violence:
1. Growing Up
3. 3. San Jacinto
4. Come Talk To Me
5. Mercy Street
6. Low Light
8. I Grieve
9. Running To The Rain
10. Only Us
11. Mother Of Violence
14. Here Comes The Flood
15. edit of Darkness (0:34)
One of my favorite albums!!!!
H. Desjardins | USA | 12/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was shocked and surprised to read the Editorial review by Rob Stewart. This is one of Peter Gabriel's best albums. Way way way better than 'Sledgehammer' or 'Big'! This is one of my favorite albums - it has some of the most meanful, insightful and introspective songs. I encourage you to listen to the album in its entirety - you won't regret it."