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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.86 | 92 ratings

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Zac M
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4 stars This is a greatest hits compilation that was created in the early nineties. I find myself enjoying all of the tracks on the disc. In my opinion, it gives a great overview of his solo work encompassing the years 1977-1990. Some of his best solo stuff is on here and there is no true filler.

I would have to say that the emotional intensity of Gabriel's post-Genesis work is felt throughout this album. With songs like "Don't Give Up" and "Red Rain," it seems as though Gabriel (and Kate Bush as well in "Don't Give Up") pours out his soul to the listener. In other tracks, like the ever famous "Sledgehammer," "Shock the Monkey," and "Big Time," Gabriel uses humor, sarcasm, and criticism. Another highlight of the album is of course "Biko." A political statement made by Gabriel, "Biko" is a favorite among many Gabriel fans.

I have to say that this is a great place to start for anyone interested in exploring Gabriel's solo career. It's kind of a drag that popular tracks like, for instance, "In Your Eyes" aren't included, but after all, a lot of the "So" album is represented here. Four stars, an excellent addition for any prog fan wanting to explore the career of Gabriel after his departure from Genesis.

Zac M | 4/5 |


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