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Peter Gabriel

 

Crossover Prog

4.00 | 429 ratings

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Equality 7-2521
4 stars Peter Gabriel is something else. Many people have great voices, many have great timing, many a amazing song writers, many are inventive, many combine all of these characteristics into one. However, few are able to imitate moods and colors musically as is Peter Gabriel. He communicates these feelings so fluently, showing an understand only parallel by few of his musical peers and the most learned in the scientific community. This I believe is the source of his cross-genre popularity, not the actual "sound" of his art.

I hear nothing to resemble pop on this album despite a bias which tells me there is. Gabriel takes his prog spirit and combines it with the sounds of world music. Now the world is a pretty big and diverse place, and so the album is also equally diverse. Heavy, airy, symphonic, electronic, tribal, all take a place in the album. Gabriel's voice has done nothing but improved since his departure from Genesis, and its at his peak on this release. He's parted ways with his heavily dramatic delivery, but retains his beautiful sense of timing and embellishment that he will put into his lines.

This is Peter finest post-Genesis hour, quite amazing given its release two decades after he began his solo career. When I listen to this album I give it no doubt 5 stars, but when I think about this album I only give it 4. And since this technically is a prog-related release, I will regrettably side with my brain and not my heart.

Equality 7-2521 | 4/5 |

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