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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.56 | 648 ratings

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Tarquin Underspoon
4 stars I would like to give this album 5 stars, because it may be my favorite Gabriel album, and he is by all means a 5 star artist.

This review should be taken with a grain of salt, as it is rather uncharacteristic of Peter Gabriel's solo work in general. It is a pleasant anomaly, however, in my eyes, as I've always enjoyed PG at his most bombastic and theatrical. It has been said before, and it deserves another mention: this album still reeks of The Lamb, and in addition is possibly his most accessible work apart from "So". The high points of this album are, in my opinion, as moving as anything he has done anywhere else. The climax of Humdrum, the familiar driving rhythm of Solsbury Hill, the oddness of Moribund the Burgermeister, the rallying refrain of Here Comes the Flood (in all its overproduced glory)...all are fantastic moments in Gabriel's discography.

Again, this album is a bit different than his others. It is more aggressive, more catchy in short, it's more "rock n' roll". I like that, however, and I think it works well here. Were it not for a couple so-so tracks (Excuse Me, Waiting for the Big One), I might give PG1 5 stars. It has the same experimental feel as some of his later albums mixed with the bombast of his previous work with Genesis, and for this reason is an important transitional album that any Peter Gabriel or early Genesis fan should own.

Tarquin Underspoon | 4/5 |


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