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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.56 | 632 ratings

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3 stars Oh boy. I'm going to raise some peoples blood pressure with this one.

After recording the last great Genesis album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Peter Gabriel seemed spent. He proved it by leaving the band, and going on his own, and producing albums which started out only slightly progressive, and getting regressively less progressive, and progressively less interesting with each release. He could have stayed with Genesis to do that.

The opening track, Moribund The Burgermeister, is the only truly progressive song on the album, and also the best song on the album. There are other bits of prog on the rest of the album, but in small supply. Humdrum is not a bad song, Slowburn has some nice sections, and Down The Dolce Vita has a good orchestral intro before turning somewhat mundane.

It may be that Gabriel, having a fairly well played hit on this album with Solsbury Hill, had a taste of what fortunes a pop hit can bring, similar to what happened to Kansas after hitting it big with Dust In The Wind. For it seems that after this album, the prog became hard to find in his music.

Evolver | 3/5 |


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