Peter Gabriel’s new album “Scratch My Back” looks great on paper, but is getting some pretty rough reviews. The legendary musician’s vision was to put together an album of covers, with songs from artists who will, on the next album “I’ll Scratch Yours” cover Gabriel’s songs. This is a pretty cool, collaborative experience. So what went wrong?
Well, first of all, getting those same artists to reciprocate may be a bit of a stretch. There are reports that some have backed out and may be unhappy with Gabriel’s interpretations of their songs. “Scratch My Back” demonstrates Gabriel’s creative genius, but may not be for everyone’s taste.
The album “Scratch my Back” uses no guitar or drums, thus completely changing the mood of these works. The tempo of the slower music seems to drag and may get a bit boring.
As for me, I respond better to song when I get the words. There are times when blaring guitars and banging drums get in the way of the message. I think Gabriel is showing that he is still a thriving, creative, innovative artist and I commend him. I’m not alone in my opinions…Peter Gabriel will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this month, joining many other legendary musicians.
Peter Gabriel has been surprising us with his talent for many years, and at 60…it’s clear that he may still have a few tricks up his sleeve.