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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Track of the Week 2010: #2

Peter Gabriel – 'The Book of Love'

First off, as far as I'm concerned anyone who Wikipedia describes as a “lead vocalist and flutist [sic]” of a “progressive rock band” can normally fuck right off. No questions asked. At the same time, if there's two things in this world that are great then it is:
1) Orchestras
2) Songs written by The Magnetic Fields (aka Stephen Merritt)
This week's song of the week is therefore this. Which takes an already beautiful song and simply turns it into something huge, yet at the same time retaining the intimacy of the lyrics. It's the sort of song that after hearing you don't want to listen to anything else for a little while. “Peter Gabriel, a former member of Genesis, doing something emotionally resonant?” You ask. “That cannot be!” I assure you, however that it is.

Also, this gets weirder. This track, 'The Book of Love', is due to be released in March on an album where Gabriel is covering a selection of songs in a similar manner. Which granted sounds pretty standard for a rock dinosaur until you see the tracklisting which includes Elbow's 'Mirrorball' (!), Radiohead's 'Street Spirit' (?), and Arcade Fire's 'My Body Is A Cage' (‽). (The acts featured are due in turn to cover some of Gabriel's songs therefore giving title to the project/album: Scratch My Back – but there's no more details on this side of it yet)

Granted, this has the possibility to be overwrought and utterly atrocious. But in the meantime we can but enjoy this, which you may remember as the track over which the finale to Scrubs was set.



For comparison, here's the original Magnetic Fields version, from the album 69 Love Songs

1 comment:

John Wilko said...

Glad to see he's releasing this song. Is the 2cd version you mention this one?: http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;0;-1;-1;-1&sku=309032