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Though OVO falls under Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack work, it still assimilates easily into his proper solo album catalog. Songs such as “Father, Son,” “The Tower That Ate People,” “White Ashes," and “Downside Up” all appeared in concert performances. OVO was conceived as an audio/visual project for London’s Millennium Dome. The list of contributors and collaborators is smart and astonishingly wide, from Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser and longtime Gabriel cohorts Tony Levin, David Rhodes, and Manu Katche to Neneh Cherry, The Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan, Richie Havens, and Alison Goldfrapp. They're all thrown together with Gabriel’s meticulous, eclectic production hand for a song cycle that transcends worldbeat, goth, New Age, pop, and Irish jigs. Hardcore fans may have wished for a proper follow-up to So (it had been four years, and this was Gabriel’s second extracurricular activity, counting Passion). Yet when the sounds are this adventurous (Gabriel never phones things in), it’s time to admit that Gabriel isn’t your traditional singer/songwriter (duh?) and one who’s meant to explore nontraditional avenues as fervently as his day job.

Customer Reviews


It was a present to me on it's release, and even without opening it and playing it, the hair on my body stood on end with an electric charge of anticipation - I've seen this man perform many times, and he has never failed to amaze and to tell new stories each time. - When this story began to play I could tell that Peter had done it again.

One of Gabriel’s Best

I originally bought this album when it was only an import CD and it still gets regular play in my collection. It is a complete album, one you want to listen to from beginning to end, and I think it is his best work in the last 20 years.

Great to see this in the store

Having burned through two Import CDs, it’s great to see this finally in the iTunes store.

An under-appreciated work, featuring some of his best songs ("Father, Son” and “Downside Up”) as well as powerful soundtrack elements (“The Tower That Ate People” “The Nest That Sailed the Sky"). The CD is worth purchasing for the artwork (some of which is framed on the walls of our home), but the music is what matter.

Now if we could only easily find a video recording of the show this accompanied...


Born: February 13, 1950 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the leader of Genesis in the early '70s, Peter Gabriel helped move progressive rock to new levels of theatricality. He was no less ambitious as a solo artist, but he was more subtle in his methods. With his first eponymous solo album in 1977, he began exploring darker, more cerebral territory, incorporating avant-garde, electronic, and worldbeat influences into his music. The record, as well as its two similarly titled successors, established Gabriel as a critically acclaimed cult artist, and...
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