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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.95 | 649 ratings

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4 stars This is the album where the mainstream finally GOT Peter Gabriel. A lot of us wondered what took them so long. But this one sounded so incredibly good and due in a very large part to the addicting, infectious beat and charismatic atmosphere of "Shock the Monkey," his appreciative audience expanded a hundred fold. He was also astute enough to take advantage of the power of the video revolution and turn it to his advantage by making a clip that engaged and intrigued the viewer instead of just showing some dudes slinging their hair around. "San Jacinto" is one of the most powerful pieces of music he's ever produced. It's hypnotic and stunning in its breadth. The album was still probably a "shock" to the casual record-buyer of the time when songs like "The family and the fishing net" and "Wallflower" came on but I'd like to think that Mr. Gabriel succeeded in expanding their musical horizons just a little (if not considerably). It has its usual darker moments as PG continued to battle his many inner demons but the uplifting and joyful "Kiss of Life" is the perfect ending to this cd. By now he had rid himself of over-association with Genesis and was starting to be known for his own volume of work that had little resemblance to his former group's revered catalogue of symphonic prog. It's also admirable that he was able to find acceptance by the masses while retaining his avant-garde attitude and his integrity. Thanks to albums like this one the early 80s decade of music was not a completely vapid wasteland.
Chicapah | 4/5 |


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