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UP

Peter Gabriel

 

Crossover Prog

4.00 | 400 ratings

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Prog-jester
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5 stars I thought of making a good hedline for my review.Something like "A Classic Progger makes an excellent Modern Prog album".Or "Bold Peter and his Bold band strikes again!!!".Or "Did I believe this dream?Or did I dream this believe?".Or "I have ny fear but it doesn't have me".Or "Life carries on".

Anyway, apart of all jokes, this is a masterpiece.First of all,you must bhe really grown up enough for this album - I bought it few months ago but came to this review only now.Forget about weird rhytms and signatures - Gabriel makes his Prog mixing World music with Modern pop and a bit of Dark Magic.He has created dark mellow emotional CD of excellence,and I can't see any reasons why not to buy it.

The album opens with "Darkness" - fine song with some moments of ocassional madness.Then "Growing Up" follows - the best song of the whole album.It is just flawless,it contains everything this album can offer,and it's the best prog track I can dance to!!! "Sky Blue" is most lyrical song - very fine lyrics and choir closer to the end.Besides it's the only song not in 4/4 on the album ;-) ."No Way Out" ,as well as "More than this" (reminds me of later Marillion), has the most mainstream harmony - it is easy to sing, and I'd chose them both as singles for radio/TV rotation."I Grieve" in 3 parts has wonderful lyrics - I must say that Peter is the only artist whose lyrics I understand from the very first listening (I'm not the native speaker of English) without any translation - they penetrate right into very heart.The optimistic "Life carries on" part is one of the most joyful tunes I ever heard - a ray of light in the realm of darkness."The Barry Williams Show" with reality-show atmosphere shocked me at first - I saw the video and found there more blood than in all Cradle of Filth' videos taken together!!!"My Head Sounds like this" ,unlike tracks 4 and 8, has the most frightening and unusual harmony.At first it reminds of Beatles,but then into something incredible."Sugnal to Noise" is the most dramatic piece, with strong oriental flavour and huge orchestrations."The Drop" is nice closing track - just to make you relax after magnificient "Signal..."

This is a Masterpiece.I hope Peter will manage to create at least something related in his future - he has not much time to hesitate ;-) Highly recommended to every grown-up Progger.Don't you dare miss that!!!

Prog-jester | 5/5 |

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