Peter Gabriel [2]

Peter Gabriel [2]

by Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel

CD(Remastered / Digi-Pak / Reissue)

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Overview

The pairing sounds ideal -- the former front man of Genesis, as produced by the leading light of King Crimson. Unfortunately, Peter Gabriel's second album (like his first, eponymous) fails to meet those grandiose expectations, even though it seems to at first. "On the Air" and "D.I.Y." are stunning slices of modern rock circa 1978, bubbling with synths, insistent rhythms, and polished processed guitars, all enclosed in a streamlined production that nevertheless sounds as large as a stadium. Then, things begin to drift, at first in a pleasant way ("A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World" is surprisingly nimble), but by the end, it all seems a little formless. It's not that the music is overly challenging -- it's that the record is unfocused. There are great moments scattered throughout the record, yet it never captivates, either through intoxicating, messy creativity (as he did on his debut) or through cohesion (the way the third Peter Gabriel album, two years later, would). Certain songs work well on their own -- not just the opening numbers, but the mini-epic "White Shadow," the tight "Animal Magic," the tense yet catchy "Perspective," the reflective closer "Home Sweet Home" -- yet for all the tracks that work, they never work well together. Ironically, it holds together a bit better than its predecessor, yet it never reaches the brilliant heights of that record. In short, it's a transitional effort that's well worth the time of serious listeners, even it's still somewhat unsatisfying.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
UPC: 0180030000628
catalogNumber: 62
Rank: 17627

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Gabriel   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Vocals,Background Vocals
Roy Bittan   Keyboards
Tim Cappello   Saxophone
Larry Fast   Synthesizer
Tony Levin   Bass,Background Vocals,Chapman Stick,String Bass
George Marge   Recorder
Jerry Marotta   Drums,Background Vocals
Sid McGinnis   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Gabriel   Composer
Robert Fripp   Composer,Producer
Jill Gabriel   Composer
Michael Getlin   Engineer
Tony Levin   Recorder Arrangement
David Price   Equipment Technician
Steve Short   Engineer
Ed Sprigg   Engineer
Richard Chappell   Engineer
Marc Bessant   Graphic Design
Dan Blore   Sleeve Restoration
Albert Lawrence   Equipment Technician
Mic Smith   Introduction
Steve Tayler   Engineer

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