Scratch My Back

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February 24, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

With half the bands in Brooklyn citing him as? an influence, ?Peter Gabriel is now cooler than ?he’s been in years. On Scratch My Back, this set of 12? covers, he repays the indie scene by including a few tunes by comparative youngsters like Arcade Fire and? Bon Iver, each one transformed into an arty dirge using only his voice ?and an understated orchestra. No individual rendition improves ?notably on its source material, ?but taken together they form a nicely melancholy suite. B

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