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Peter Gabriel

 

Crossover Prog

3.51 | 479 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Humdrum

He left Genesis for this? Gabriel not only abandoned Genesis, but he abandoned Prog too. This first solo album of his, is a Rock album pure and simple with only traces of his former band. Fans of Gabriel-era Genesis are bound to be disappointed by this "Humdrum" of an album. The album lacks direction and the music goes in all kinds of disparate styles with humour (Excuse Me), weirdness (Moribund The Bugermeister), Rock 'N' Roll (Modern Love, Slowburn) and Pop (Solsbury Hill).

Only two tracks are really good here; Solsbury Hill and the wonderful Here Comes The Flood. The latter is the album's only Prog-related moment as such with lovely acoustic guitar and a strong chorus. I think it is fair to say that Peter was not ready for a solo career at this point. He seems to be lost here, wondering in what direction he should go.

The albums Genesis did after Gabriel had left are extremely much better than this and also very much closer to what they did when Gabriel was still in the band. Given this, it is strange that post-Gabriel Genesis are often criticized for giving up on Prog while Genesis drifted towards Pop. It is true that they eventually did that, but so did Gabriel after all.

This album is worth having for the two strong tracks it contains, but as an album considered it is rather uneven and incoherent, and considered as a Prog album it is almost wholly misplaced. I am not very fond of Gabriel's solo career overall, but he did do better things later on.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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