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SO

Peter Gabriel

 

Crossover Prog

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memowakeman
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4 stars Again, i saw some Gabriel`s reviews today and just wanted to review a couple of albums by myself, i `ve just finished Secret World CD review, and now im with a curious but great album called So.

One of the things that i love of Peter Gabriel (there are so many) is that he can always gather several musicians to his albums, this time was not an exception, juts look to the credits , only for that people you might give this album a chance despite not being a Gabriel`s fan or something, i know some supergroups or bands with great guests musicians have not trascended, but any way that was just an exra point (Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Manu Katche, Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson).

Talking about the album, this was my firsdt Gabriel album with his voice, i mean my introduction with his music was "Passion" , so maybe i thought Gabriel`s music would be like Passion, and in my will to know it i found So, and what happened? nothing to compare with Passion, a totally different album, but an album that i also loved immediately, maybe because when i was 12 or something i used to listen more commercial music and as the last reviewer said, this is a very accesible album.

"Red Rain" is one of my favorite Gabriel`s songs, not only for this album, i like so much the mood of that song and also when i saw him live i clearly remember that red Rain was one of my fav moments.

"Sledgehammer", the poppiest song? maybe, and with one of the best videos ever made, but this time im not talking about videos, i find this song very enjoyable despite it`s not progressive at all i think.

"Dont Give Up", oh my god, this song is really beautiful, it transmits and share peace, some feeling that i cant describe because it always happens when i hear this song (with Kate Bush who is another voice that i love), take a deep breath, close your eyes and let this song enter to your soul.

"That Voice Again", after a great beggining of the album , Peter shows us with this song a weak point, it`s only one of the songs, another one, nothing special, nnot even good to sing, boring, in fact sometimes i skip it.

"Mercy Street" has again a special mood, you cant smile when you listen to it, another beautiful song very well composed lyrically and musically, great.

"Big Time", oh wait! this is an 80`s album isnt it?, so this 80`s sound was totally place in this song with that funky guitar, back vocals and some Levin lines that i clearly remember, not the best song at all, but very enjoyable and very popular, i have listen to it so many times in my local radio stations.

"We Do What We`re told" is a strange song, the hand and Gabriel`s touch is evident here, well in fact in all the songs, not a weak point , but not the best song at all.

"This is the Picture" i liike this song so much, mainly because i love the introduction of P.O.V DVD, where this song is the first , Laurie Anderson share her voice here, good one.

"In Your Eyes", it could be the song that everybody loves, but the fact is that it has all to be a loved song, i really like it who doenst love it?, all here is amazing, starting with the percussion , african voices, great lyrics and after all a beautiful sound through the song.

If you dont know Gabriel`s solo work, i wont say that this is the best place to start, but is an accesible album to listen, you will love at least one song, calls it Sledgehammer, In Your Eyes or Red Rain, very recommendable for everyone who wants to share a moment with this intelligent and unique guy.

But after all this album is not a 5 star album, neither in a progressive site or a rock site, 4 its ok for it.

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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