Peter Gabriel – Us

This ain’t part of my Taranna scores, I just wanted to rave… I got this at work for cheap, and it’s the best damn CD I’ve played in a while. The music is just so beautiful, and uplifting… even though Wiki says “On this album Gabriel explored the pain of recent personal problems; his failed first marriage, his relationship with actress Rosanna Arquette, and the growing distance between him and his first daughter.” Well alright, but the music is so good, so many world music influences and sounds, all these epic swells… And there can be beauty in tough lyrics, too, if it leads to healing (which I think this stuff ultimately does). And I mean, how do you argue with Come Talk To Me, and right off the top of the album? You don’t! What a track!

Other singles were Digging In The Dirt, Steam, Blood Of Eden (f. Sinéad O’Connor), Kiss That Frog, and Secret World (promo single, as was Come Talk To Me). And: Just look at the personnel on here! I mean… Tony Levin, Daniel Lanois, John Paul Jones, Brian Eno, sooo many more! Wild.

Brilliant.

Hit It Or Quit It? Hit!

34 thoughts on “Peter Gabriel – Us

  1. cincinnatibabyhead says:

    I remember bugging the shit out of my local record store when Gabriel was releasing his first solo album. I did the same thing for his next few also. He’s good and this album continues it. You said it “Well alright, but the music is so good”

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          1. cincinnatibabyhead says:

            Those are my kind of shops. There used to be some real funky ones in Van. along with all the usual big stores. On the books thing. I’m heading to Victoria in a couple weeks. Two of my favorite stops are ‘Monroe’s Books’ (you would dig this place) and Old Morris Tobacconist. Vic is old bookstore city.

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                  1. cincinnatibabyhead says:

                    It was pretty low key not paparazzi. Him and his wife were very cool. It must of been prearranged because it was like a travelogue. He’s pretty unassuming and blends in. He’s one of us Books. He loves his books and Victoria is a readers paradise.

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                    1. keepsmealive says:

                      Ah OK, sounds like it was planned. If he loves his books, I like him. I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t read. If I ever go to someone’s house and there aren’t bookshelves somewhere, I wonder and plan my exits (just in case). I need to get to Victoria. And hell, all of BC! Someday!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      The hits are great when played all together (You have Shaking The Tree, right?), but the albums are a whole other world. Next, you gotta get the record called So. Just… wow.

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  2. J. says:

    I have a fair bit of Gabriel stuff to catch up on. Including this one… pleasing to read that it gets a glowing “wahoo!!”.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Wow, and I can totally see why! Sooooo good. I understand the struggle to write about it when it means so much. I remember Rich saying he’d have trouble writing up Zeppelin… anyway, maybe I got away with it because it’s just a blurb that (basically) says “wahoo I loved this!,” it was still fresh after just a few listens and not much invested in it… YET. I get the feeling this one will stay in the rotation!!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      This is a great record, dude. I played it (again) really loud in my car today and it sounds fantastic. For Gabriel, I would also recommend So. “So” (see what I did there?) many great tunes there too, and Red Rain is a personal fave…

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