When classic rockers like former Genesis singer and perennial ’80s MTV staple Peter Gabriel get older, one of two things happen: They record new material that approximates their older work (usually to a lesser degree) or they “reimagine” their classic songs, which tends to work much better.
Last year, Gabriel embarked on the “New Blood” tour, bringing along a 46-piece orchestra to classical up some of his best-known tracks. After last year’s Scratch My Back, Gabriel’s orchestral covers album that took on David Bowie, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, the upcoming New Blood album features classical reinterpretations of Gabriel’s own catalog. And even if that’s not your thing, you always need stocking stuffers for Dad come Christmas, right?
Despite the name, the “New Blood Orchestra” is not the most badass metal orchestra you’ve ever heard. Still, the group does give Gabriel, whose demeanor is already fairly regal and stately, an even more mature dimension. Also, “Solsbury Hill” is one of the best songs of all time. OF ALL TIME.