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PETER GABRIEL 2 [AKA: SCRATCH]

Peter Gabriel

 

Crossover Prog

2.99 | 496 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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2 stars The ratings don't lie with Peter Gabriel's second solo release. While there is undeniably a lot of interesting musical moments to be discovered, as a whole the piece is much weaker than his preceding, and following works.

First let's acknowledge a few things Peter Gabriel 2 does well. The songwriting is actually quite good. While not heavy on surprises, Gabriel delivers his characteristic take on art-rock that is energetic, nuanced, and approachable: pretty much exactly what a "crossover" artist should be. His backing musicians do a great job as well, with Tony Levin's personality-filled bass standing out as a highlight for me. The variety of keyboard and piano textures, as well as surprises like a saxophone or Fripp guitar solo are pleasing addition.

The downside is, ironically, Gabriel himself. Lyrically this album is interesting but not impactful. Likewise with Gabriel's vocals, which are interesting but uninspiring. Disappointing given the importance and magnetism of his voice in other albums. The production may be part of the problem, which makes it sound as if Gabriel is singing in a closet with a cheap Radio-Shack microphone while the rest of the band gets the studio hi-fi. Production sometimes may be a quibble, but not this time around.

Peter Gabriel 2 isn't bad, but it's definitely one that fans will get much more out of than new comers or casual listeners. There are a variety of quirky, acoustic, rocking, and soulful songs to enjoy for the occasional listen.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |

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