Those of you that may have heard that Peter Gabriel was releasing a new album, New Blood, this week may have been disappointed to find that the new album is not chalk-full of new tracks, as many a Peter Gabriel fan has long awaited. A quick glance at the track listing simply shows familiar favorites - In Your Eyes, Red Rain, Don't Give Up, Solsbury Hill- and may lead one to believe that this album is just another remastered attempt by an artist to sell more albums of the same music. That maybe, Peter Gabriel has just been too busy looking exactly like Paulo Coelho (author of The Alchemist)
No?? Just me??
In any case, if you thought any of this, you would be hugely mistaken.
While New Blood is not full of new songs, the album is full of re-arranged and re-imagined songs, in such a way that they sound new. On New Blood, Mr. Gabriel takes his works and reinterprets them in an orchestral way, allowing for the full expansive expression of his songs. Its as if these songs were always meant for this iteration, and they are just now finding their full realization, coming into their full bloom.
RollingStone.com has three tracks up for exclusive streaming from New Blood. Check out San Jacinto. In the meantime, here's a sneak peak of Red Rain:
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