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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.62 | 468 ratings

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5 stars The first thing you need to know about this album is that Manu Katche and Tony Levin are the rhythm section. That alone would make this a must-have. But there is so much more to love about it. The songs, lyrics, production and arrangements are top notch throughout. Peter's vocals have never been better. From the tribal drum beats that start "Come talk to me" to the haunting fade out on "Secret World" there's not a dead spot to be found. He finds a lilting slow groove on both "Love to be Loved" and "Blood of Eden" that carries you as if you were gliding down a peaceful stream. "Steam" is one infectious, playful song that is joyous in its danceable delivery, rivaled only by the wonderful "Kiss that Frog" that is funky beyond belief. "Only Us" is one of those curious turn-the-beat- around ditties that Mr. Gabriel loves to puzzle us with every so often and "Digging in the Dirt" uses innovative drum sounds to create a feeling of being underground like some kind of existential mole. But it is "Secret World" that continues to linger in your mind long after the cd is over. Peter expresses a universal theme of regretting a missed opportunity to create something special with another human being that is heartbreaking in its truthfulness. He unashamedly bared his soul on this album and when a gifted artist does that honestly it almost always results in one of the best efforts of their careers. That certainly is the case on "Us."
Chicapah | 5/5 |


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