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Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 3 [Aka: Melt] CD (album) cover


Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

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The Truth
4 stars I'm truthfully surprised this album is rated so high. I mean I really enjoy it but it's prog-pop, not the everyday prog fan's cup of tea. In fact, I thought many would despise it...

However I absolutely adore this album. Simply good pop music, what pop was supposed to sound like.

Intruder introduces us to the overall sound of the album, aggressive and abrasively powerful pop. Gabriel screeches out the lyrics in a very un-human way to give the song a mechanical feeling, something you get from the album alot.

No Self Control is more mechanical sounding prog-pop but this is much more catchy than Intruder.

Start is a short little sax intro for I Don't Remember which is a massive pop rock track that is one of Gabriel's defining moments. Catchy and complex, every prog fan's dream (don't know about the catchy part).

Family Snapshot is a soft piano-driven ballad in which Gabriel puts alot of emotion into his vocals. It reminds me pretty clearly of The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway-type music.

And Through the Wire is a mediocre little pop tune that somehow gets stuck in your head so it's not a total fail.

Games Without Frontiers is the best track on the album, another catchy, complex, and mechanical sounding tune. The chorus is also pretty meaningful: "If looks could kill they probably will in games without frontiers, war without tears."

Not One of Us recalls I Don't Remember and keeps the mood and emotion that song had with a slightly different beat. Catchy and original all the same.

Lead A Normal Life is a slow track that is just downright beautiful, I nice shift in mood from the aggressive music before it. The piano just kind of plucks your heartstrings.

Biko is another great track, slow and soft but catchy and still pretty pop-laden. It's a great track and one of Gabriel's greatest.

It's pop, a lot of proggers apparently got over it. I did too haha. Great album, barely missing the 5 star mark.

The Truth | 4/5 |


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