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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

4.20 | 915 ratings

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4 stars He knows something about opening windows and doors. He knows how to move quietly - to creep across creaky wooden floors, and where to find precious things in all your cupboards and drawers.

And he does, too, on this black and beautiful record. He is the Intruder, after all, and he'll get no argument from me. He also has No Self-Control, and no memory of anything at all, for that matter. It is music such as this that moved Peter Gabriel to leave Genesis, and it was worth it. Among other things, the album is known for featuring drums sans cymbals, as heard on the first two electrifying tracks. After the throwaway 'Start', 'I Don't Remember' reflects the Talking Heads nu-pop and 'Family Snapshot' foresees Gabriel's nostalgic side. 'Through the Wire' is a tepid AOR tune but 'Games Without Frontiers' is a sallow-faced look at social politics and livens things up, and screechy tech-rocker 'Not One of Us' is mediocre but sports a sound that would be much imitated in later years. The gossamer 'Lead a Normal Life' takes some twisted turns but resolves, and a salute to Steve Biko at the end. Impactful, influential and in 1980, the perfect pop record.

Atavachron | 4/5 |


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