Tracklisting:

1. Low Light
2. Time of the Turning
3. Man Who Loved the Earth/The Hand That Sold Shadows
4. Time of the Turning [Reprise]/The Weavers Reel
5. Father, Son
6. The Tower That Ate People
7. Revenge
8. White Ashes
9. Downside-Up
10. The Nest That Sailed the Sky
11. The Tree That Went Up
12. Make Tomorrow

Special edition sleeve

Ovo – The Millennium Show (2000)

In July of 1998, Peter Gabriel was commissioned to produce the musical score to London’s ill-fated Millennium Dome stage show spectacle. Gabriel was also involved in the creating of the special environments of the dome for visitors to explore. However the main show focussed on the evolution of mankind, from the dawning of time through to the machine age and beyond, so the music had to reflect many cultures and styles whilst following this evolution.

Ovo is a beautiful album of lush instrumental pieces and songs featuring a variety of guest vocalists including Elizabeth Fraser, Paul Buchanan, Alison Goldfrapp and Richie Havens. Gabriel only takes lead vocals on two tracks, the moving piano ballad "Father, Son" and the menacing industrial epic, "The Tower that Ate People".

"Downside-Up" is a beautiful song and one of the album’s strongest tracks, and though Gabriel only appears on backing vocals, this is one of the many tracks that is crying out for more of his vocals. Other highlights include "The Time of the Turning" and closing number, "Make Tomorrow".

Ovo evolves through a variety of musical styles, blending elements of celtic, folk, classical and rock together into a fantastic soundtrack for a spectacular show. Ovo may be a disappointing listen at first. At the time, being the first new album  from Gabriel in many years, I think a lot of fans were expecting something different, which perhaps left a slightly bitter taste.

It may not have the appeal that his soundtrack work has, but Ovo is a rich and diverse album which may be somewhat overlooked, and with an all-Gabriel version locked away in the Real World vaults, the story of Ovo isn't over yet...