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SO

Peter Gabriel

 

Crossover Prog

3.84 | 681 ratings

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Gatot
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4 stars When this album came-out, I had two opposing reactions: one side of me saying "I hate it" while the other part saying "I like it". Why? With the wonderfully crafted predecessor fourth album "Security" with powerful songs like "The Rhythm of The Heat", "San Jacinto", "The Family and The Fishing Net", "Wall Flower", I expected Peter Gabriel would push the music forward into more explorative combination between world music and rock. But what I got here with "So" is the exploration of the "Shock The Monkey" part of the previous album. Yes, there are so many disco songs like "Shock The Monkey" including: "Big Time", "Sledgehammer", "Red Rain" and "In Your Eyes".

But with more spins I grabbed other good point about the album, i.e the blend of world music into "Red Rain" and "In Your Eyes" that creates excellent composition and great sound. The other strong point is the powerful lyrics like the one for "Don't Give Up" which has a very encouraging messages for not quitting for men who quest for life. It's really a powerful message delivered through a dialogue between a man (Peter Gabriel) with his wife (Kate Bush) in melodic way. The other track that really stands out and in my opinion is the best track of this album is "Mercy Street (for Anne Sexton)" which has a powerful composition. I always repeat this track whenever I listen to it.

What's also good about this album is the number of musicians involved as collaborators of this album. They came from various musical background with their peculiar skills to collaborate in this album. This variety gives a contribution on the richness of sounds produced by this album.

Overall, it's not Peter Gabriel's finest album (my view) but I still recommend this album for you to own it. The sonic quality of the CD is really good. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |

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