With great art comes great risk, and Gabriel has based his career around that notion. With New Blood, a sequel of sorts to his 2010 orchestral song-swap project, Scratch My Back, Gabriel once again works with arranger John Metcalfe, utilizing only the colors and textures of a large-scale orchestra without the aid of guitars, synthesizers, or a traditional rhythm section. After the release of Scratch My Back, with international tour dates looming in the distance, Gabriel realized he needed more music to flesh out a full-length concert, so he took the logical next step—peering into the deep expanses of his discography and seeing what tracks would translate well to an orchestral setting, consciously avoiding his biggest hits along the way. No, there is no “Sledgehammer” here. No “Games Without Frontiers.” No “Shock the Monkey” (although I would pay serious money to hear that one). New Blood is crafted as, you know, a legitimate full-length album—one where the pieces are designed to hang together, with stand-outs and singles set aside in favor of musical and thematic unity.