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


Peter Gabriel


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4 stars 7/10

Enter Duke and Discipline.

Peter Gabriel 3 or Melt is the best-known work of this amazing artist (and considered by many as his masterpiece). Of course is an effort far more successful than its predecessor Scratch, which was a disappointing effort from all aspects. Now world music and new wave influences are more evident, as well as cold and tense atmosphere (but sometimes joyful) that is characteristic of the work of Gabriel.

Why the title of my review is given by the fact that the sound of this album is much like the Duke, launched by his former band Genesis in the same year 1980. A evidence in favor of my argument is the presence of Phil Collins on drums and his use of famous drum machine, but while in "Duke" he only uses it on the track Duchess in Melt he uses all the time.

In addition, we have two members of King Crimson would be redesigned next year: Robert Fripp, who produces the album and plays guitar in some songs, and Tony Levin on bass. A similarity between this and Discipline is much more subtle and unnoticed that in relation to the Duke, since Discipline is much more wild, dark and experimental (and you noticed how the electronic drums of Phil Collins and the non-use of cymbals here really resembles that of Bruford on Discipline?)

Beyond these comparisons, it is safe to say that Melt is a step forward as compared to Scratch, but it is not the best album of Gabriel. Indeed it is difficult to get face it - the letters dark, gloomy atmosphere and the experimentalism sometimes minimalist and dissonant - but more tapping you can make it more enjoyable. I say that this task, however, will not be easy.

I still think the biggest part of the problem in this album is a little song called Lead a Normal Life. Honestly, what is the usefulness of this song? Where does it go? Nowhere, I think. In fact, the only song on the B side that is worthy of note is the epic Biko, a wonderful protest song that Gabriel often uses to close his shows. Yes, Games Without Frontiers is not suitable for a single and Not One of us is absolutely forgettable.

Most of the jewels of this album is on the side A. While Intruder And Through The Wire, and are somewhat expendable No Self Control is a wonderful band led by xilophone (for a solo instrument in Intruder as well), but the best is in Start / I Donīt Remember and Family Snapshot , clearly the highlights of the album and some of the best songs of Gabriel of his career.

As I am seeing the work of Peter Gabriel in chronological order, I hope their subsequent albums are better and more produtive. 3,5 stars, rounded up.

voliveira | 4/5 |


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