Peter Gabriel’s long and storied career has something which many musicians can only dream of: virtually universal acclaim from critics as well as chart-topping success. With the album So in 1986, Gabriel’s music became a hallmark of the 80s with “Sledgehammer,” “Big Time,” and especially the classic “In Your Eyes” making him into a household name.
In his later years, Gabriel has become less interested in writing pop-friendly hits and instead focused on crafting deep, introspective, incredibly detailed music. “Sky Blue” is one such track, off his most-recent full-length album of original material, 2002’s Up. The track features a guest spot from The Blind Boys of Alabama, whose involvement Peter cites as one of the reasons the song made it to release after languishing in the vaults for years.