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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.56 | 639 ratings

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3 stars The split between GENESIS and PETER GABRIEL was, in my opinion, a good thing. The first fruits were two excellent GENESIS albums, along with this slightly underwhelming PETER GABRIEL offering. Having called this album underwhelming, however, does not do justice to GABRIEL'S stellar career that followed.

I don't know what other fans of GENESIS expected from this album, but it certainly was not packed with multi-part, GENESIS-style songs. Instead GABRIEL crafted a solid if unspectacular art-rock album. All GABRIEL'S trademarks are here: moments of high emotion (Solsbury Hill, Here Comes The Flood), examples of his eccentric, hit-and-miss humour (Excuse Me) and quasi-operatic numbers (Down The Dolce Vita), along with a more troubling part of his songwriting, the underdeveloped song (Humdrum, Waiting For The Big One).

I find it interesting that GABRIEL prefers a stripped-down version of 'Here Comes The Flood' (as on the compilation 'Sixteen Golden Greats' to the bombastic version presented here. I'm of a different opinion. This version of 'Here Comes The Flood' isn't subtle, but it is powerful; and part of what made GENESIS essential listening was the lyrical and instrumental power of their work. Both versions have their charm, but this version is progressive.

Any potential purchaser of PETER GABRIEL'S albums must be aware they will be listening to something quite different to early GENESIS. If you are able to put GENESIS to one side - as GABRIEL himself did - you will have yourself an enjoyable and challenging album. But remember, GABRIEL'S best work was to come.

russellk | 3/5 |


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