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Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 4 [Aka: Mask, Aka: Security] CD (album) cover


Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.95 | 625 ratings

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4 stars Peter Gabriel's fourth album - also known as Security - is one of my favourite Gabriel solo albums. Opening with the tribal drum work of "The Rhythm of the Heat" it also displays Gabriel's early moves toward what is known as world music. Keep in mind this album predates Paul Simon's Graceland by a good three or four years. This continues on the second track, the classic "San Jacinto".

At this point Gabriel is just experimenting with world music rhythms and the majority of Security still sounds very much like the (for a lack of a better definition) progressive new wave sound of Peter Gabriel III. You can also hear a few of the more mainstream elements he would use on So, his popular follow-up, on tracks such as "I Have The Touch" and "Shock The Monkey". I mean mainstream for Peter Gabriel, of course, because each song still has a lot of distinctive touches that firmly places Gabriel ahead of the generic pop music of the 1980's or any era.

The tribal rhythms return on "Lay Your Hands On Me" and "Wallflower" which while both are both very good tracks. "Wallflower" in particular is both passionate and heart wrenching. It's a real highlight of the album.

The real highlights of Security though are "The Family and the Fishing Net", which despite being one of the longest songs he's written since his days in Genesis, feels like it is a perfect length and "Kiss of Life", where we get the tribal rhythms one more time, but in contrast to most of the other tracks, the rhythm is very upbeat and it's a great way to end off the album.

Overall: Excellent album and very recommended. If you only know Peter Gabriel through tracks like "Sledgehammer", you should listen to this album now!

FunkyM | 4/5 |


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