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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.56 | 626 ratings

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2 stars Two things come to mind when considering Gabriel's first solo effort. On one hand, given that he had a few years to create this album, one could say it's a rather disjointed mess. This is the best he could do? On the other hand, you can almost hear the huge sigh of relief burst out of Pete as he delights in the prospects of complete control of his artistic intentions. It sounds to me as if he just decided to ease into his new status quo by clearing some of the cobwebs from his attic. The results are mixed but the overall experience is interesting.

Highlights include "Moribund," a nice quirky number that rocks but seems half-baked. "Solsbury Hill" is one of Gabriel's finest tracks bar none, lyrically and musically. Dealing with his angst of divorce from the band the real story is the music here, the most delightfully catchy little number that justifiably was a huge hit. While you might be burned out on it from radio overkill it has to be acknowledged that it's a fine piece of songwriting. "Modern Love" is passable rocker that almost makes me think of what Joe Jackson would soon be doing with "Look Sharp." "Here Comes the Flood" is another classic Gabriel track deserving of its reputation. Really beautiful and a hint of what was coming from Pete in the future.

Some of the other tracks really stiff with moments of silliness (Excuse Me), unconvincing blues (Waiting for the Big One), mediocrity (Humdrum and Slowburn), and even a bit of a disco-sounding beat (Down the Dolce Vita.)

While there are some good moments here my belief is that Gabriel 1 is for fans and not something I could recommend to people. It's not awful but aside from the bright spots I can't quite get to 3 stars. About 2.4 stars.

Finnforest | 2/5 |


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