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Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 4 [Aka: Mask, Aka: Security] CD (album) cover


Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.95 | 625 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!!!

Also known as "Mask" or "Security" (since the first four album did not have names or numbers), this is probably the "proggiest " album , maybe not in terms of musicianship , but it is certainly the most dramatic songwriting The Gabe had done since his leaving his former band. Actually , this album gives me very mixed feeling as it is also the most "new wave" sounding of his album.

Rythm Of The Heat and San Jacinto are probably the most stunning song on this album and are excellent dramatic and enthralling tunes , taking their time to evolve and pass thru a few moods. The last two tracks on side reveal less appeal to me as the sounds are simply too new wave-ish for me. Actually a much superior version of Touch will appear later.

The Stunning starter on side 2 , Shock The Monkey is really a shocker and not just for monkeys but all humans too. It came with a shocking videoclip , but it is also the blueprint for later huge successes such as Sledghammer anf Big Time (Success) in the following mega selling SO album. Lay Your Hands On Me is another excellent track , exactly the archtype Gabe track you have come to expect by now. Walklflower is a rather neat piano dominated track that fits well in the album and the last track is unremarkable.

This album is maybe my fave from The Gabe , but it does announce the future mega success of SO.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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