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Daily Dose Pick: Peter Gabriel

Taking an orchestral approach to the art of the cover, Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back finds the musical icon tackling tracks by everyone from Lou Reed to Bon Iver.

Gabriel’s lush takes add a melancholy edge to formerly upbeat numbers like Bowie’s “Heroes,” while spinning darker songs, such as Radiohead’s “Street Spirit” and Arcade Fire’s “My Body Is a Cage,” into more minimal reflections on existence. The album’s title references Gabriel’s intention to have each artist cover one of his own songs in exchange; so far, Paul Simon and the Magnetic Fields have already returned the favor.

Listen to the full album on Gabriel’s MySpace page, visit his official website, follow him on Twitter, and buy a copy of the deluxe edition.

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