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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.95 | 625 ratings

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4 stars In a successful fusion of the modern with the ancient, Peter Gabriel brought his post-art dramas together with the sounds of tribal dance and reached down into ancestral memory in a most contemporary way. The brainwave trance 'Rhythm of the Heat' introduces us to his fourth album, with wood sounds and a wall of Moog and CMI. The touching 'San Jacinto' moves mountains with power and dignity, Gabriel's sympathetic yearn, and a nicely unexpected finish. Robotics on 'I Have the Touch', a great dancehouse number with cutting guitar chimes from David Rhodes and Gabriel's soulful voice showing his range and stellar falsetto, and the troubled 'The Family and the Fishing Net' with its psycho-sexuality and bizarre images as it coaxes memories of Genesis. The bread and butter of hip FM radio was 'Shock the Monkey', an engaging pop tune bristling with nervous energy and veiled commentary. The quiet hugeness of 'Lay Your Hands on Me' features Jerry Marotta and Morris Pert's dual percussion, the haunted but hopeful 'Wallflower', and the set closes with Cuban dance bit 'Kiss of Life'. A good prog record, a great pop one.

Atavachron | 4/5 |


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