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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.55 | 609 ratings

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4 stars Peter Gabriels first attempt at a solo album, and quite a good one! Here Peter Gabriel is trying to find his sound outside of Genesis, outside of hardcore prog music and a sound a bit more pleasing to the masses. He tries classic rock, some horns, ballads, and even jazz. But I find the progressive songs the best, that being the quirky opener, moribund the burgermeister, and the acoustic radio hit Solsbury hill, which, as commercially accepting it is, it's in 5/4 time!

This album also has to do with some closure from leaving the band that made him an international prog hero. Solsbury hill is all about him and Genesis, and how he felt he was being sucked into the "machine" of being a rockstar, and how the band was being led by outside people, more than the band itself. Another small thing the album gives us is Gabriels apparent fascination with everyday modern life, Humdrum, another day in a one way world (next album), and Lead a normal life (album after that), all show Peter Gabriels opinion towards normal citiszen life, and how he thinks life just goes on unless you brake through the barrier that is normality.

As far as the music goes, like I said, it's very diverse, there are some very amazing and wonderful songs here, and some that are not so good. My favirote songs are Moribund the burgermeister, Solsbury hill, Humdrum, here comes the flood, all of them show off Peter Gabriels songwriting skill as well as singing. Now the rest of the songs are good, but either sound like a wannabe classic rock song, or a weird swiss alps heel clicker. The albu is well recorded, probably due to his excellency Robert Fripp who helped produce this album. Though you can barely here much Fripp on this album, the lead guitarist, Steve Hunter, is excellent and his work on the jazzy tune, Waiting for the big one is excellent.

Gabriel would go out to produce a bad album, an amazingly beautiful album, then as history goes, shock his monkey with huge fame, and multiple grammies, emmies, or whatever other muzac awards there are. As for this album, a great start to one of my favirote songwriters epic journey in music.


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