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  • Summary: Yup... Up's two-letter name signifies that this is indeed a brand-new Peter Gabriel studio recording, his first since 1992's 'Us.' The music goes in a now-typical multi-cultural direction, with input from gospel singers The Blind Boys of Alabama and the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Those who value the emotional nakedness of his best work will find much to treasure here. [27 Sep 2002, p.86]
  2. Gabriel's greatest achievement is that his technical sophistication actually encourages a fully organic and man-made sound.
  3. 80
    A sometimes disturbing, but often breathtakingly lovely record. [Oct 2002, p.98]
  4. The first five tracks here are on par with anything you loved about Us.
  5. For the most part, it's a bleak, deliberate, decidedly mature meditation on death and grief.
  6. This is an eerie meditation on aging, death and the corruption of popular culture.
  7. Long one of rock's most innovative artists, Gabriel has never sounded more out of touch.

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  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
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  1. DonRon
    Sep 30, 2002
    10
    GREAT
  2. JohnS.
    Sep 28, 2002
    10
    Flawless. The pictures evoked by this album are almost frightening. As always, Peter's work appeals most to those of us with an Flawless. The pictures evoked by this album are almost frightening. As always, Peter's work appeals most to those of us with an unhindered imagination! Best work since Long Walk Home. Expand
  3. MauricioT
    Aug 17, 2006
    10
    Superb CD!!! I LOVE IT!! It's a masterpiece
  4. AndrewS.
    Sep 30, 2002
    10
    Gets better every time you hear it - a master piece. Buy it today!
  5. ChristianHarmony
    May 9, 2003
    10
    Beautiful, breathtaking music. Can't stop listening. Haven't since September, I am obsessed with it.
  6. IainL
    Sep 7, 2005
    10
    A seriously good CD for those who're serious about their music. Also recommended, the DVD of the tour (Growinh Up Live).
  7. MichaelP.
    Oct 2, 2002
    8
    Surptisingly moving; sad but not hopeless. Infectious music.

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