.

Peter Gabriel Gets Back Up

First album in a decade due in September

August 6, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Peter Gabriel's Up, his first collection of new songs in ten years, is scheduled for release on September 24th. Basic tracks were recorded as early as 1996, with sessions at Real World in England, Youssou N'Dour's facility in Senegal and a studio in France. Gabriel's regular band -- bassist Tony Levin, drummer Manu Katche and guitarist David Rhodes -- returned for the album, along with guests including acoustic bassist Danny Thompson (Richard Thompson, Nick Drake), the Blind Boys of Alabama, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green and Daniel Lanois.

Gabriel has placed some song samples on www.petergabriel.com for fans to preview and has been offering occasional updates on the album's progress. Despite its title, Up is a collection of mostly somber songs, focusing "more at the beginning and the end of life than the middle," Gabriel said. He attributes the tone to his brother-in-law's death from cancer, the deaths of other friends and the aging of his parents. "Death has definitely been more present in the last ten years," he explained.

Among the songs previewed is "More Than This," a meditation on the possibility of life after death, which features collaborations with the Blind Boys and multi-instrumentalist/producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann). Other highlights include the first single, "The Barry Williams Show," which has nothing to do with the Brady Bunch star of the same name. Instead the song is a lively satire that takes on Jerry Springer and company with a relentlessly funky rhythm.

Up also contains two previously heard songs. There's a slightly updated version of "I Grieve," which debuted on the City of Angels soundtrack, and "Signal to Noise," featuring impassioned vocals by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, which sounds vastly different from when Gabriel performed it live several years ago.

While engineer Tchad Blake (Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow) finishes post-production on Up, Gabriel and the band are rehearsing for a winter tour.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Promiscuous”

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com