FIRST LISTEN: Peter Gabriel 'Scratch My Back ... And I'll Scratch Yours'

Four years ago, Peter Gabriel released an incredible album of covers called Scratch My Back — on which he tackled songs by Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Regina Spektor, Lou Reed, and more  — with the stated intention that he'd follow it up with an album of those same artists returning the favor. But loving an artist and soliciting his or her love in return are two different things, logistically speaking, and it's taken nearly four years for And I'll Scratch Yours to greet the world.

It's been well worth the wait. The album is a bit all over the place. However, it boasts some truly incredible songs (highlighted by Arcade Fire doing "Games Without Frontiers" and Lou Reed "Solsbury Hill")

And I’ll Scratch Yours officially arrives January 7th via Real World Records (pre-orders are ongoing). You can listen to the album now in its entirety this week on NPR.