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SO

Peter Gabriel

 

Crossover Prog

3.84 | 681 ratings

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

First album of The Gabe to have a name but even sop it is a minimal one and the future albums will fare no better in lenght. With this fifth album , Peter became the Great , and a world superstar with four huge hits.

The first to have hit the world was Sledgehammer with its state of art videoclip (soon to be followed by its little brother Big Time) , but clearly the seeds were planted with Shock The Monkey from the "Security"album - those two tracks owe a lot to the former one as they are indiscutably a bit derived from this highly spohisticated power pop. In between those two hits came also one of the worst tear jerker ever, a duet with Kate Bush : the insufferably lenghty Don't Give Up. But also superb (and adding a little depth to an otherwise a bit shallow album) is the poignant Red Rain, where Peter's voice sends chills down your spine especially with the denouciating lyrics. In Your Eyes is also another highlight but calmer and obviously aimed at the charts also.

The other two tracks have not had a lasting impression for me but Mercy Street is an average melancholic Gabriel standard tune. An Impressive album full of now-classic tunes , this album has no particular progressive elements besides the sophisticated songwriting and musical execution. That, in itself is already good!!!

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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