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SO

Peter Gabriel

 

Crossover Prog

3.84 | 608 ratings

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poito
5 stars 4.5 SO probably marked a divide in PG's solo career, maybe it was a demonstration that he had nothing to demonstrate anymore. I remember when it was released in Spain, it rapidly got massive airplay, some friends of mine and people in general who did not know what Prog music was or where PG came from, appeared to suddenly know him since ever. It was probably the hit Don't Give It Up, sung duet with superstar Kate Bush, what put the album in the top and launched this "newbie" called Peter Gabriel. Funny, because this theme is a masterpiece in addition to a commercial success. That was PG's magics; that`s what PG made for mainstream music. Every now and them, the general public gets hypnotized by sensibility and genius creation, though it lasts no more than the time the next of myriad stupid two-note pop songs brings them to dance again. There is a bunch of themes for the history of music, as the mentioned Don't Give It Up, the marvelous Red Rain, and the pack of sensibility that is in Mercy Street, but the album had also a couple weak themes with mainstream percussion arrangements. That was not normal in PG's releases. After this, he appeared to take a break, seemingly out of personal stuff and it took six more years to release one more, a time he used for alternative projects. Was he getting tired? Panic of being crushed again by the disc machinery? Whatever. This album is a demonstration that PG's should had never felt jealousy (if he ever was, you know, rumor says) of former GENESIS mates who had turned worldwide pop stars, shame on them. PG changed for good the view that complex and sensitive music is not for the general public, while Collin's GENESIS just showed that genius musicians can also turn into entertainers for the general public. There is a difference.
poito | 5/5 |

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