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Peter Gabriel

Scratch My Back

RS: 2.5of 5 Stars

2010

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This tribute to 12 of Peter Gabriel's favorite songwriters is a cool idea that turns into a stone bore. His bombastic, lushly orchestrated re-imaginings manage to rob every song, except for Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," of what made them great in the first place. Gabriel croons Arcade Fire's "My Body Is a Cage" smoothly over piano and orchestra, removing all the power and intensity. Gabriel also yawns through David Bowie's "Heroes" and strips Regina Spektor's "Apr├Ęs Moi" of its quirky charm. This is less back-scratching than head-scratching.



MARK KEMP

(Posted: Mar 1, 2010)

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