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Peter Gabriel

 

Crossover Prog

3.51 | 477 ratings

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4 stars "I walked right out of the machinery"

After leaving Genesis, for his first solo album Gabriel played it pretty safe. While the music here is more commercial than that of (Gabriel era) Genesis, his distinctive vocal style means that the overall sound still has something of a Genesis feel to it.

"Solisbury hill" gave him an immediate hit single, and included a parting side swipe at his former band mates ("I was feeling part of the scenery, I walked right out of the machinery"). "Morbund the Burgermeister" makes for a powerful opener which would have sounded good on "The lamb..". "Modern Love", is an upbeat number, not the Bowie song of the same name, but in some ways similar. "Excuse me", is an amusing, old fashioned track, while "Here comes the flood" with its quiet verse, bombastic chorus structure makes for an excellent closer.

Needless to say, Gabriel's vocals dominate the album, with little in the way of instrumental work, and thus it is less prog orientated than the music he made while with Genesis. It is however a very accomplished first solo outing which does lean heavily on his experience with the band, recommended.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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