Peter Gabriel - Birdy/Long Walk Home/Passion album reviews
The good, the bland and the beautiful from Peter Gabriel
The backstory of rock stars turning out dedicated soundtracks is honourable enough though sometimes uneven. While some are bespoke one-offs, others are off-cuts from the multitrack tapes of music already released or diverted from works in progress. With 1985’s Birdy, the bulk are instrumental takes from Gabriel’s 1982 masterpiece, Security. However, there are a number of interesting and highly atmospheric pieces scattered between tracks, the most beguiling of which, Sketchpad With Trumpet And Voice, features the singer in an amorphous, flowing duet with Jon Hassell’s breathy emanations.