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5.0 out of 5 stars No, really, it's his best, 22 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Peter Gabriel 2 (Audio CD)
Okay, so I'm in a minority, but this is my favourite Gabriel album. Consequently, I couldn't resist responding to the woefully inadequate negative reviews on here. A friend played me this album the week it came out and the following week I bought my own copy, together with the first album. It received enthusiastic reviews then, which is impressive considering the hostile nature of music journalists to anything that didn't come out of the New Wave. What it didn't have the benefit of was a major promotional campaign, something which was afforded to the ludicrously overrated 'So' a decade later. Gabriel's US distributor did little to support it because there was no obvious hit single. Indeed, it's his only album not to spawn a hit (I think 'DIY' sold about fifty copies and Gabriel himself probably bought fifty-one of them).

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)
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2014 12:43:39 GMT
Greebo says:
I thought I was the only one!
The only point I differ on is Indigo. I like it.
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