Much of the gentle sound that was so typical for Gabriel in the s came from his influence, and he certainly shaped the sound of the music on this recording as well. His strong drumming particularly on the tom-toms drives the songs forward while still offering a well-rounded sound. All of them together formed a complete, well-ordered band. The arrangements are all somewhat straighter than on the original versions, though they are quite on a par with them.
Gabriel and his co-producer Peter Walsh have created a strong, very lively live sound for the album. There is a certain immediacy because this music is mostly handmade. Retrieved 25 July Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 June Back to Front Tour — We present new, exclusive music and the hot hits for information. Have fun and enjoy the use of our website. Perhaps the greatest disappoint, however, is how monotone the album sounds.
If you isolate any of these songs minus maybe the Radiohead track , they all sound very good as a stand alone song. Combine them all together, and the album just doesn't work as well. In fact, the flow gets a bit humdrum. Scratch My Back has a very somber, mellow quality throughout than never falters from the opening notes to the album's closing moments.
It makes this collection seem difficult to listen to in one sitting, which is unfortunate because there are some genuinely good interpretations here. I gained a far greater appreciation for the album when I saw it performed live in New York City in March see review here , but that show seemed to have significantly more energy than is transposed onto my aluminum compact disc.
When I mix these tracks on my iPod with some more upbeat tunes, these somber tracks gain new life because it adds more diversity in tempo and song flow. It also seems to make these tracks particularly Regina Spektor's "Apres Moi" far more intense.
If you purchase the 2-CD version of this release which contains a few bonus tracks , you'll find the cover of the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" to be one of only a couple slightly more up-tempo moments on Scratch My Back. In the end, I would recommend checking out the album, but admittedly, I struggle listening to this CD in one sitting unless its mixed with other songs try playing "Power of Your Heart" into Gabriel's "Digging in the Dirt" from the Us album to see what I mean.
Gabriel purists will find his take on these songs fascinating, but the passive fan may find the pace of this album a bit slow, dull, and boring after a few selections in a row. Its a perfect example of how great material isn't great if the flow of the album is stagnant and doesn't work due to lack of variety mainly. World of Genesis. All Rights Reserved. All content on this website is either the property of David Negrin, or the original owners, and may not be duplicated, copied, transmitted, or altered without permission.
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Update my browser now. Your browser is out-of-date! All Album Single Video. Flotsam and Jetsam 13th September Rated PG 13th April Growing Up Live 8th February The Veil 9th September It affected the attitudes and the spirit of the whole band.
The music had not dried up and I still respect the other musicians, but our roles had set in hard. Gabriel then closed the letter: "There is no animosity between myself and the band or management.
The decision had been made some time ago and we have talked about our new direction. The reason why my leaving was not announced earlier was because I had been asked to delay until they had found a replacement to plug up the hole. It is not impossible that some of them might work with me on other projects. Gabriel's Genesis bandmate Phil Collins , who replaced him in the band as lead vocalist, later remarked that the other members "were not stunned by Peter's departure because we had known about it for quite a while".
The band continued without Gabriel, starting with their next studio album, 's A Trick of the Tail. For my part, I didn't feel I could be an Alice Cooper , but I made him listen to the extracts of what I had done and he liked them — or, rather, he liked what I liked.
We understood each other. We talked. There was an excellent rapport immediately — a human rapport — and that was what I was looking for above all I tried to achieve a combination of Bob and me as producers.