Peter Gabriel 2 [VINYL] Original recording remastered
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PG2 is, however, Gabriel's warmest album, perhaps because it isn't as over-produced as some of the others, yet that isn't to say that it sounds at all shoddy. To the reviewer who suggests that all the tracks sound the same, have you really listened to this? There are a couple of lean, fit rock tracks in the radio ham homage 'On The Air' and 'Perspective'; there's the feisty, acoustic 'DIY'; 'A Wonderful Day...' uses a lilting rhythm in its use of a trip to the shops as a metaphor for something bigger; 'White Shadow' is a spine-tingling lament for the eradication of cultures; 'Exposure' is like nothing else on the album, an electronic trip with a cosmic sheen; 'Flotsam and Jetsam' is like John Lennon in a blue funk; 'Animal Magic' is a jaunty dig at soldiering; and 'Home Sweet Home' is a devastating, bluesy song (check the story in the lyric). Only the mawkish 'Indigo' is at all under par.
Peter Gabriel's second album has always stood up as a fine work and deserves better than a careless dismissal. (So there)
However, in all honesty, this is the album that I go back and listen to most; and find has some of his strongest actual compositions, along with a very satisfying range of tone and texture,thanks to Robert Fripp's highly-focused production and an excellent engineering job, not to mention some wonderful, understated playing, especially keyboards.
I remember hearing Fripp in an interview about the making of this album.Interestingly, he was conscious of the obvious time and effort that went into polishing the first album to within an inch of its life, and deliberately limited the amount of time that PG had to think about the recording (presumably writing as well). This was to capture the spontaneity and urgency of the artist at work - also a nod to the New Wave anti-virtuoso ethos of the times,no doubt.
Whatever the intention, it worked to my ears at least; and although by no means an unqualified success, with a track like "Exposure" falling into the..er.."interesting" category as an apparent Frippesque experiment in soundscape-ism, there are more than enough top quality tracks here to highly recommend the album as a somewhat neglected "grower" of an LP, but definitely worth repeated listens to appreciate the subtleties and downright beauty of its best tracks, like White Shadow,Indigo,Home Sweet Home and Mother of Violence.
At a time when Genesis were singing about Little Nemo and Cowboy Big Jim, Gabriel gained in relevance. If his social criticism in Home Sweet Home is a tad stereotyped I dare anyone not to collapse in tears towards the end where his vocal acrobatics compete with the saxophone in one of his best performances ever. With his 2nd album Gabriel left his past behind, proving, among other, more important things, that there are other ways with a piano ballad than the Collins way.This led on to greater things before he himself stopped experimenting and became boring with "so". So, cherish this !
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Growing up, I was a big fan of PG 3 & 4 but going back to this and PG 1 I found them to be not as enjoyable at the time - perhaps a bit too normal in their construction, not as... Read morePublished 7 months ago by zax93