It's good, but not classic Gabriel. Not quite, anyway.
I'm a huge Blue Nile fan, so Paul Buchanan's presence on a couple of the tracks really sweetened the deal that this album is. The other vocalists all add to the experience, too, as detailed in other reviews below.
But ultimately, this is music designed to accompany a show - and whilst it did do that brilliantly in places (the sequence of the show that was accompanied by "The Tower That Ate People" was INCREDIBLE!), there is still an element of 'soundtrack' about it upon re-appraisal. To put it another way, without the visual element, it appears to be slightly lessened.
And in terms of being a cohesive album, it struggles. In writing music about the universal human experience, it tries to touch on too many bases by trying to integrate too many musical styles.
And it isn't really a Peter Gabriel album in any tangible sense either, as his voice isn't holding it all together - only really prevalent on a couple of tracks.
As a document of the show it is terrific, and the production values and songwriting etc. are all off-the-chart excellence. And you get the sense that PG stands in the wings on everything you hear.
Unquestionably great quality, then, but slightly misfiring as a stand-alone work.
Still pretty damn essential.