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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

4.20 | 693 ratings

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3 stars Conventional wisdom has it that after two mediocre albums Peter finally delivers his first great work with "Melt." Not really-he delivers a better work, but not a great one. While undeniably better than the first two, this is the third album in a row that will likely underwhelm many progressive music listeners.

Even without a real diamond in the rough such as Here Comes the Flood or Exposure, Gabriel 3 is more focused and accomplished than the first two. The tracks are mostly uptempo art-pop songs with good drumming by Collins and some backing vocals by Kate, both of which were good choices. "Start" and "Lead a Normal Life" are nice mostly instrumental interludes. The latter especially provides some fine dreamy moments of piano without vocal where one can lose themselves momentarily. "Family Snapshot" is a real standout track with a great vocal and interesting development. There are a handful of decent pop tracks like "No Self Control" and "And Through the Wire." The album's closer "Biko" is a real yawn. The album is more noteworthy for Collins excellent cymbal-free drumming than anything else. That is one thing that makes the sound progressive even though the songs really are not.

If you have only heard modern Pete and you wish to go back and discover his roots, this is clearly the album to get. It is the best of his early works. It's still of marginal interest to prog fans in the grand scope of things and 3 stars is a generous rating.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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