Peter Gabriel continues the orchestral explorations of his previous release, Scratch My Back, with an album of self-covers called New Blood. Unlike most large-scale albums with a bigger ensemble like this, Gabriel doesn’t use the orchestra as augmentation to an existing banad – the orchestra effectively BECOMES the band, with arrangements explicitly not designed to be a kinder, gentler version of the material. (In fact, the new take on the song “Intruder” has become, if anything, more terrifying than the original from his third self-titled album.)
The album includes reworkings of four songs from So, three from Security and a surprising ambient nature recording called “A Quiet Moment” that was taped on the real-life Solsbury Hill as a prelude to the song of the same name. Like Scratch My Back, the new album was orchestrated by former Durutti Column member John Metcalfe, with no conventional rock instrumentation used in the scoring process.
Hear new interpretations of old Peter Gabriel favorites, this week on OverEasy, 7 to 11am AND pm Sundays, on 92.3 WTTS.