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Musician, writer and video maker, Peter GABRIEL is one of the most loved musicians in prog-scene. He was the singer and front-man of GENESIS since 1967 to 1975, but thatīs another story...

GABRIEL started his solo career in 1977, and since then he has released 8 studio albums, 2 live albums, 3 original sound tracks and 3 compilations, always with the collaboration of a lot of different and great musicians and playing different musical styles. 1977 was the date of the release of Peterīs first album "Peter Gabriel 1", one year after "Peter Gabriel 2" was published, both albums have a similar sound (pop-prog-rock), and count with the production and guitars of KING CRIMSON's Robert Fripp and Tony Levin on bass, being Tony an active member of Peter's band since then. "Solsbury Hill" was the hit single of GABRIELīs first work, both albums include classic songs that are still being played on his actual shows. In 1980 two things happened, one was the release of Peter's third album "Peter Gabriel 3", this one being the most complete work till date in the opinion of a lot of fans, and also was the foundation of WOMAD (World Of Music, Arts and Dance) where Peter and other members of WOMAD played a series of festivals around the world, where they mixed traditional and modern music. In 1982 Peter published "Security" album, with a different sound, more electronic and also it was the first time that Peter began to use African sounds in his albums. This was followed by the double live album "Peter Gabriel Plays Live". Two years after Peter released his first OST "Birdy" (Alan Parker film), which was a great mix of eerie sounds and relaxing music.

Just one year after, in 1986 "So" was published, which was a well known and best selling album, with a clear pop sound and hit singles like "Sledgehammer" and "Donīt Give Up" (with the collaboration of Kate Bush on vocals) and the great "Red Rain". This album won several awards, especially for his video clips, very sophisticated for that year. Three years after, Peter published his second OST, Martin Scorcese's "Last Temptation Of Christ", one of the most experimental and innovative albums, with a mix of different musical styles. After this album a compilation "Shaking The Tree Sixteen Golden Greats" was published, and in 1988 Peter was involved in some benefit concerts, like "Human Rights Now" tour for Amnesty International, with artists like STING, Tracey CHAPMAN, Bruce SPRINGSTEEN and YOUSSOU NīDOUR. In 1992 a...
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3.54 | 546 ratings
Peter Gabriel (1 - "Car")
1977
2.97 | 445 ratings
Peter Gabriel (2 - "Scratch")
1978
4.20 | 707 ratings
Peter Gabriel (3 -
1980
3.91 | 489 ratings
Peter Gabriel (4 - "Security" or "Mask")
1982
2.93 | 154 ratings
Music From The Film Birdy
1985
3.83 | 553 ratings
So
1986
4.10 | 346 ratings
Passion
1989
3.64 | 382 ratings
Us
1992
3.50 | 172 ratings
OVO
2000
3.33 | 99 ratings
Long Walk Home
2002
3.99 | 467 ratings
Up
2002
2.74 | 104 ratings
Big Blue Ball
2008
2.90 | 200 ratings
Scratch my back
2010
3.60 | 158 ratings
New Blood
2011
3.00 | 38 ratings
And I'll Scratch Yours
2013

PETER GABRIEL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.07 | 195 ratings
Plays Live
1983
3.91 | 128 ratings
Secret World Live
1994
2.32 | 35 ratings
Plays Live - Highlights
2002
3.97 | 29 ratings
Live Blood
2011
4.25 | 4 ratings
Live in Buenos Aires 1988
2011

PETER GABRIEL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.06 | 26 ratings
P.O.V.
1990
4.30 | 161 ratings
Secret World Live
1994
4.51 | 170 ratings
Growing Up Live
2003
3.79 | 69 ratings
Play: The Videos
2004
3.79 | 62 ratings
Still Growing Up - Live And Unwrapped
2005
4.07 | 44 ratings
New Blood - Live In London
2011
4.36 | 11 ratings
Live In Buenos Aires 1988
2011
4.67 | 27 ratings
Live In Athens 1987
2013
4.21 | 23 ratings
Back to Front: Live in London
2014

PETER GABRIEL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.49 | 34 ratings
Ein deutsches album
1980
3.83 | 42 ratings
Deutsches album
1982
3.86 | 81 ratings
Shaking the Tree Sixteen Golden Greats
1990
3.27 | 11 ratings
Revisited
1992
3.76 | 46 ratings
Hit
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
Scratch My Back / And I'll Scratch Yours
2013

PETER GABRIEL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.06 | 17 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1977
3.54 | 13 ratings
Modern Love
1977
1.84 | 13 ratings
D.I.Y.
1978
3.33 | 9 ratings
D.I.Y.
1978
4.10 | 20 ratings
No Self Control
1980
4.25 | 25 ratings
Games Without Frontiers
1980
4.05 | 21 ratings
Biko
1980
4.14 | 14 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1980
3.00 | 3 ratings
I Don't Remember
1980
3.91 | 3 ratings
Wallflower
1982
3.56 | 16 ratings
I Have The Touch
1982
4.35 | 20 ratings
Shock The Monkey
1982
4.19 | 16 ratings
I Don't Remember
1983
3.04 | 4 ratings
Solsbury Hill (Live)
1983
2.26 | 8 ratings
Walk Through Fire
1984
3.81 | 21 ratings
Sledgehammer
1986
3.86 | 23 ratings
Don't Give Up (w/ Kate Bush)
1986
2.38 | 20 ratings
Big Time (maxi-single)
1986
3.25 | 8 ratings
Sledgehammer - Dance mix
1986
3.78 | 9 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1986
3.13 | 11 ratings
Biko/No More Apartheid (maxi-single)
1987
3.38 | 15 ratings
Red Rain
1987
3.33 | 9 ratings
Shakin' The Tree (w/ Youssou N'Dour)
1989
3.45 | 11 ratings
Steam
1992
3.87 | 15 ratings
Digging In The Dirt
1992
3.80 | 5 ratings
Digging In The Dirt - Brown Linen Box
1992
3.67 | 12 ratings
Blood Of Eden
1993
3.33 | 3 ratings
Be Still
1993
2.90 | 10 ratings
Kiss That Frog
1993
3.71 | 7 ratings
SW Live EP
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Lovetown
1994
3.60 | 5 ratings
While the Earth Sleeps (w/ Deep Forest)
1996
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Story Of Ovo
2000
3.43 | 7 ratings
More Than This
2002
2.32 | 12 ratings
The Barry Williams Show
2002
3.57 | 7 ratings
Burn You Up, Burn You Down
2003
3.20 | 10 ratings
Growing Up
2003
4.00 | 3 ratings
Peter Gabriel
2007
2.00 | 1 ratings
Salala (featuring Angelique Kidjo)
2007
4.00 | 3 ratings
Whole Thing
2008
3.86 | 22 ratings
Down to Earth
2008
4.00 | 9 ratings
The Book of Love / Not One of Us
2010
3.25 | 4 ratings
Courage
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sledgehammer
2015

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 So by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.83 | 553 ratings

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So
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Is So Peter Gabriel's best work? Maybe, but it's much easier to say with certainty that this excellent release is his most enjoyable. This breakthrough album features killer pop, thoughtful ballads, and nuanced ambiance in equal proportions, giving something for every one, but especially those of us interested in a complete and artistic Peter Gabriel experience.

"Red Rain" opens the album strongly with a highly rythmic and dense art-pop tone. The pulsing beats and textured synthesizer definitely aren't prog, but they are instantly appealing. Gabriel's lyrics and vocals are spot on; the whole thing gets the album off to a great start. "Sledgehammer," the one song on So that everyone already knows, is a hook-laden monster that is a perfect example of pop-music done right: you remember the hooks, hum the melody, and can listen engaged to the layers and layers of musicianship going on behind the scenes.

"Don't Give Up" may be one of the most powerful ballads I've ever heard. It's understated, elegant, subtle, and soulfully delivered. Gabriel's vocals cut to the core, and just when you're feeling vulnerable, Kate Bush's perfect tone and phrasing will reduce you to a quivering pool of emotional jelly. Perfect (and with a Tony Levin bass solo!).

"That Voice Again" features complex and interesting work by the rhythm section, while "Mercy Street", another standout track, demonstrates the atmospheric qualities brought by a subtle composition and thoughtful keyboard textures. "Big Time" is tongue in cheek funk-pop, while "We Do What We're Told" and "This is the Picture" are cryptic and moody ambient pieces. They remind me of a darker shade of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" or "True Colors". Great stuff.

The finale conceits to pop balladry with "In Your Eyes", what may be Gabriel's most famous work thanks to its use in Cameron Crowe's 1989 film Say Anything. It's a cheap shot and cheesy and fun, and a satisfying close to a great album.

So is balanced, artful, enjoyable, and memorable, and easily one of Gabriel's best works. Not a masterpiece, but first-rate and a great purchase.

Songwriting: 4 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 5 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

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 Peter Gabriel (2 - Studio Album, 1978
2.97 | 445 ratings

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Peter Gabriel (2 - "Scratch")
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

2 stars The ratings don't lie with Peter Gabriel's second solo release. While there is undeniably a lot of interesting musical moments to be discovered, as a whole the piece is much weaker than his preceding, and following works.

First let's acknowledge a few things Peter Gabriel 2 does well. The songwriting is actually quite good. While not heavy on surprises, Gabriel delivers his characteristic take on art-rock that is energetic, nuanced, and approachable: pretty much exactly what a "crossover" artist should be. His backing musicians do a great job as well, with Tony Levin's personality-filled bass standing out as a highlight for me. The variety of keyboard and piano textures, as well as surprises like a saxophone or Fripp guitar solo are pleasing addition.

The downside is, ironically, Gabriel himself. Lyrically this album is interesting but not impactful. Likewise with Gabriel's vocals, which are interesting but uninspiring. Disappointing given the importance and magnetism of his voice in other albums. The production may be part of the problem, which makes it sound as if Gabriel is singing in a closet with a cheap Radio-Shack microphone while the rest of the band gets the studio hi-fi. Production sometimes may be a quibble, but not this time around.

Peter Gabriel 2 isn't bad, but it's definitely one that fans will get much more out of than new comers or casual listeners. There are a variety of quirky, acoustic, rocking, and soulful songs to enjoy for the occasional listen.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

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 Shaking the Tree Sixteen Golden Greats by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
3.86 | 81 ratings

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Shaking the Tree Sixteen Golden Greats
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by aglasshouse

4 stars In my early school days, I heard my first of Gabriel was the song 'Biko' from his third eponymous release. At the time I didn't think much of it, but after awhile I came into contact with the progressive genre and learned more about Gabriel and his career. I tend to shy away from his Genesis material, which to me is often riddled with either mediocrity or over-bearing pretentiousness. I didn't own much Gabriel's solo works, except for a copy of So from '86. Much later in time I found a cheap copy of Shaking the Tree, a compilation released fresh in the 90's, on easy CD. Listening to it was a new venture into the shifting psyche of the man behind early Genesis.

Because this is indeed a compilation album, I won't be judging the music but instead the material it holds. The album has a total of 16 full length tracks. Most of the tracks come from various Gabriel albums, spreading from his first to his late 80's material. As seen the album does think much of chronological order but it does mean for a unique journey bouncing through the years. It comes with the obvious picks like 'Solsbury Hill' and 'Sledgehammer', undeniably his most recognized tracks. The overall format is cluttered but in a wonderful way. The only track that doesn't exactly feature on a Gabriel album is the compilation title track, which is from Youssou N'Dour (the second part of the duet with him and Gabriel)'s 1989 The Lion.

The history of compilation albums has been a little rocky when it comes to progressive rock artists, but this is definitely one of the better ones. It's less of a selection of a few albums, it's more of a multifarious experience of Peter Gabriel's music over his career. Simple, innocent, and likable, Shaking the Tree is fantastic for new introductions and old hellos.

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 Solsbury Hill (Live) by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
3.04 | 4 ratings

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Solsbury Hill (Live)
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A single that has live versions of "Solsbury Hill" and "Kiss of Life", and that was maybe released to promote PETER GABRIEL`s "Plays Live" album which was released in mid 1983, but was recorded in late 1982.

"Solsbury Hill" is the same live version which was released in the "Plays Live" album. It was a good choice to be released as a single, being a very good song with a good guitar riff, very accessible for the listeners, and more fo the casual listeners, because most of the songs that Gabriel recorded for the "Plays Live" album are not as accessible, with some of them being really "dark" musically and lyrically. Gabriel has said in interviews that some of his music could be "difficult to stomach" for some people. I agree with him. One really has to be "in the mood" to listen to some of his music. But "Solsbury Hill" could be more like a Pop Rock song. And this live version is very good.

"Kiss of Life", in the B-side of this single, was not included in the "Plays Live" album. So, the live version of this song is the main interest (at least for me) to have this single, being now more like a rarity. It also is a good live version, played fast and very well by Gabriel and his band, with drummer Jerry Marotta using some electronic drum pads like he did in Gabriel`s fouth solo album titled "Peter Gabriel", which was also titled as "Security" in the U.S. This live version of "Kiss of Life" can be listened to in youtube.

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 And I'll Scratch Yours by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.00 | 38 ratings

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And I'll Scratch Yours
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars This review is based upon just one listening in a public library, but since here's surprisingly only one review concentrating on general speculation instead of dealing with individual tracks, I believe my half-baked review has some value here. (I'm not planning to get the CD for a closer reception, but this is not to suggest I wouldn't have pleasure out of it if I did.) By and large I agree on all the remarks admireArt makes here, especially the line "some great performances, some personal ones, and a couple of uninspired 'tributes'". Yeah, that's how tribute albums tend to be.

In theory Peter Gabriel is a very interesting object artist for a tribute. He sees himself primarily as a song-writer, not a performer, and as an artist who pays a lot of attention to sonic details, there's a very good chance that another artist is able and willing to offer a whole new approach to a song. And this is surely happening on several tracks. Sadly some artists have taken a little too experimental path, making the result rather unpleasant to ears, but happily there are also opposite cases in which the song in question comes alive in a very fresh and natural way. For me the winner of the dozen is REGINA SPEKTOR's simplified and sincere version of 'Blood of Eden'. She doesn't give a damn how Gabriel (+ Sinead O'Connor) voiced the words, she reveals the song's natural, folky strength by letting go of all the special features in the original performance and by increasing the tempo a little bit.

The tracks I don't particularily like include DAVID BYRNE's New Wave-ish 'I Don't Remember', BRIAN ENO's rude 'Mother of Violence' (points for the brave originality!) and, most of all, LOU REED's eccentric and alienating 'Solsbury Hill'. When that percussion-heavy track started, I thought it to be 'Biko'. PAUL SIMON performs that song in a quite natural folk style of a protest song. Versions that don't take big risks include BON IVER's 'Come Talk to Me', ARCADE FIRE's 'Games Without Frontiers' and FEIST's 'Don't Give Up'. 'Mercy Street' is among my PG favourites and ELBOW's safe version is not the first covering of it that I've heard and liked, but of course Gabe's own version is superior.

JOSEPH ARTHUR's 'Shock the Monkey' is very interesting; it differs a lot form the original and yet it has a strong (90's/00's) Peter Gabriel-like vibe to it. RANDY NEWMAN makes 'Big Time' his own sovereignly. I dislike that PG song but Newman makes the song actually better.

True, the song selection could be more surprising. Not a single track from Up, which is a pity.

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 Big Blue Ball by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.74 | 104 ratings

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Big Blue Ball
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Progosopher

4 stars Big Blue Ball is not so much a PG album as it is the result of several uber sessions of his Real World studio. Many different artists and styles are found here, more so than on your typical (if there is such a thing) release from Peter Gabriel. These artists include the expected, such as Papa Wemba and David Rhodes, and the unexpected such as Vernon Reid and Sinead O'Connor. A complete list of all those involved would be as long as any review, so I will not even try to get all the names in. A few more deserve mention, however: Natacha Atlas, Manu Katche, Tim Finn, Billy Cobham, Hossam Ramzy, and Marta Sebestyen. If you are familiar with these names you can get a sense for the World Music style found throughout this album. It is not even universally recognized as a PG album but this belies the fact that even if he is not found on every track, his presence is felt throughout. The sound is rich and clean. Many of the sessions were spontaneous and this gives the music a freshness that sounds great to my ears. PG gave the musicians space to create and let them do their stuff. And what wonderful stuff it is. But the original tapes, finished by 1995 (note the album release was not until 2008), were described by the man himself as a bit of a mess. Great performances do not a great album make. Production comes into play, and Stephen Hague was called in to organize it all into something worth listening to, much in the same way Teo Merceo organized a bunch of Miles Davis sessions into coherent albums. I think he did a good job. As an album, Big Blue Ball is not centered around any particular idea or plan. This is a collection of songs performed by dozens of different artists. The PG sung tune can be placed alongside anything else he has done. The rest run from the contemporary to the traditional, jazzy to atmospheric, pop to experimental. The mix of African, Asian, Latin, and European styles, often in the same song, is dizzying. This is not an album for purists; rather it is one of the global village signifying that music is music no matter how many different styles express it. As has been said before, music is a universal language. That may not be entirely true, but there is plenty of room for musical crossovers such as what we hear here. Many people may be turned off by the eclectic nature of the offering but I revel in it. The key here is that they are all good songs. My least favorite is actually the closing titular piece, which is the most pop of the bunch, but I understand why this became the name of the album. What better way to call our own planet and a project of people from all corners of it than Big Blue Ball? My favorites include the opener, Whole Thing, very PG, and Altus Silva, one of the more atmospheric pieces. Serious fans of music often say that they are open to new sounds but this is only so to varying degrees. If one wants to get away from the typical guitar-bass-drum-keys-vocals of most rock, this may be a good place to hear what is going on in other parts of the world, or as I should say, other parts of our global society. There is no good excuse to be bored by the same old thing as there are plenty of other options out there. And perhaps this is the broader purpose of Big Blue Ball; to introduce people to music from around the world. This is fully consistent with PG's WOMAD (World Music, Art and Dance). The world of music is more diverse than many of us realize. This is not to say that we would all enjoy all the different styles, but for the adventurous it is a grand and broad world. It is a big blue ball on which we live; explore it.

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 Back to Front: Live in London by GABRIEL, PETER album cover DVD/Video, 2014
4.21 | 23 ratings

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Back to Front: Live in London
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars After the release of his fourth album, Peter Gabriel was in top of his game with some dark and innovative pop music. The fourth album was a perfect combination of world music and pop and had his most adventurous music. The next album "So" was more commercially oriented with some good songs, but simple songwriting. The songs "Don't give up" and "Mercy Street" is a good example of songs that have an immediate impact on you but contains simple lyrics and repetitive motifs. And for this 25th anniversary, it was time to play this album in its entirety.

The show starts with no light show and on an acoustic mode. And it's during the nice interpretation of the song "Family Snapshot" that the lights come out. The electric set starts with the next song "Digging in the Dirt". Then arrive 2 more nice interpretations of 2 songs that are on the darker side: "The Family and the Fishing Net" and "No Self Control". The popular song "Solsbury Hill" marks another change of mood and the opportunity to see some striking crowd reactions. The director will show us during the most popular songs of the concert those crowd reactions from very close. Then the album "So" starts with his best song "Red Rain" and the appropriate red color light show on the stage. The most popular Gabriel's song "Sledgehammer" shows the influence of the 60's soul music. The show will end with the political song "Biko". Just before that the visuals are very impressive during the song from the album "Ovo", "The Town that Ate People". And if the show is visually appealing, there's some extreme close ups of Peter Gabriel throughout the show with cameras that are above the stage.

This is the most impressive concert DVD visually in the Peter Gabriel discography with a perfect picture and finally a light show that we can see. 3.5 stars for the music and 4.5 stars for the visuals and video quality.

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 Wallflower by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.91 | 3 ratings

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Wallflower
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars I consider "Wallflower" as the best song from PETER GABRIEL`s fourth self-titled solo album (which was titled "Security" in the U.S.). If I remember well, this song has lyrics about people who suffers some injustices. Maybe the "B" side of this single, "Kiss of Life", was a better choice in commercial terms for the "A" side, having a more "commercial sound" with the use of an electronic drum kit and a very rhythmic structure. But "Wallflower" is a melodic slow song, sung with feeling by Gabriel and with very good arrangements. Maybe both songs (with also "Shock the Monkey") are the most accessible songs from that album which is somewhat "dark" like much of Gabriel`s music for the general public. I don`t know if "Wallflower" was successful in any Hit Parade chart in the world, but anyway it was a good choice for a single release. I never listened to it being played in the FM Radio stations in my city. "Shock the Monkey" was the song that was played in the radio stations in my city.

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 So by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.83 | 553 ratings

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So
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Whilst Genesis' art pop efforts of the mid-1980s had a soulless cynicism to them - the band simply cranking out simplistic material for the sake of the lucrative album sales they were able to wrangle - Peter Gabriel's So is a pop album with heart. Taking the world music textures developed on his fourth self-titled album and applying a little clarity to proceedings - not for nothing is this the first of Gabriel's solo releases in which his image on the cover is not distorted in some fashion - he is able both to produce haunting and deep meditations and gloriously soulful pop. Sledgehammer might not be the most progressive thing he's ever done, but claim it doesn't get your foot tapping and I'll call you a bloody liar.

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 Peter Gabriel (4 - Studio Album, 1982
3.91 | 489 ratings

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Peter Gabriel (4 - "Security" or "Mask")
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by BatBacon

4 stars I guess I'm not the only one with mixed feelings for this album, on one hand you got fantastic stuff like "San Jacinto", on the other hand there is some pop songs with the typical 80s sound we could live without. But unlike people usually think about Gabriel's fourth album, I would say this one is among the most progressive albums heīs done, with long songs and experimenting with african instruments and rhythms.

The opening song "The rhythm of the heat" is easily one of Gabriel's best songs, the title says a lot about the mood. Its dramatic, slowly escalating from exciting and mysterious to wild and majestic, just sitting down and listening to it gives you the feeling of chasing something through fire and flames. Its hot, not as sexy, but hot as warm. Next song "San Jacinto" is also one of the greatest songs heīs ever done. Its an epic at its very best, as the song starts out slowly with some strange, what is it? Keyboard-sounds? Sounds like electronic rain. Groove is building up slowly and then explodes into full drama before ending with more weird sounds, some breathing and something that almost sounds like spoken word. San Jacinto is more an experience than a song!

"I have the touch" is one of those 80s sounding pop songs I mentioned earlier, but actually this one isn't that bad. A great groove and some nice sound effects puts you more in a cool mood than in a mood of "ish, what a horrible 80s song". It makes you feel like you actually have the touch.

"The family and the fishing net" is a great example of how to mix african sounds and 80s pop with a successful result, its great and very weird. Lots of strange sounds and theatrical vocals! "Shock the monkey" is one of his earliest hits and it smells like 80s pop, yes I know, but its awesome! Watching the creepy video might have helped me getting used to it, but if you think about it, it really is a weird and creepy song with strange and screaming vocals. Its prog pop! "Lay your hands on me" is slow and atmospheric with a great chorus and some great drumming. Like most of the songs on this album, this song is mostly about experimental sounds and groovy rhythms.

"Wallflower" is the most beautiful and touching song of the album, with Gabriel using his most gentle and honest voice. Its very emotional and is probably the song that grows the most on you for each time you hear the album. "The perfect ending", I always say to myself before realising what comes after. Why in earths name would anybody think of something as terrible as ending a great album like this with a song like "Kiss of life". Its of course a bit funny, in the same way as David Bowies "Lets Dance" is a bit funny, but there is no way around the truth, this is an awful 80s song.

Except from having "Kiss of life" glued to your brain the rest of the day, Peter Gabriel 4 is always a great experience with lots of atmospheric and exciting songs. (Yeah, and that ugly album cover, what is that all about? Freaks me out!)

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