Scratch My Back
Label: Real World Productions
Peter Gabriel offered to cover his peers' songs if they covered his. He fulfills his part of the bargain by crafting this delicate, emotionally pained chamber work. Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" is the only song to remain close to its original -- though it's almost a template for the often shell-shocked renditions that surround it. Along with his gorgeous rendition of David Bowie's "Heroes," The Talking Heads' "Listening Wind" and Regina Spektor's "Apres Moi" are so close to his "paradise lost" worldview that they almost become Gabriel originals.