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Thursday, January 26, 2006

MUSIC: Recommendation

I was reluctant to buy due to carping reviews, but I'm glad I ignored them and recently purchased Peter Gabriel's OVO: THE MILLENNIUM SHOW (REALWORLD RWPG01 2000—this is the British version, with superior packaging and, I think, song lineup).

Although this was music created to "The Story of OVO," a massive parable staged for London's Millennium Dome, this is not easy pop or show music; it's rich, layered and detailed and rewards repeated listening. There's both intellect and visceral joy in music making here. The sound is terrific, too.

Not to be missed: Tracks 1,2,3,9 and 12.

If you like Elisabeth Fraser's voice on Track 9, DOWNSIDE UP, don't miss her on Massive Attack's MEZZANINE album (CIRCA RECORDS 724384559922 1998), particularly the songs DISSOLVED GIRL and TEARDROP.

Don't listen to any of this music distractedly. Be brave: Sit and listen.

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