The precious lil' loon (or should we say The Angel Gabriel) himself giving kisses after preforming Here Comes The Flood on Kate's Christmas special. Honestly, I find this too adorable.
I've said this time and time again, each post has a meaning. Some are bigger meanings than others...Which is this post right here. Two years ago this account was created...Created to do BIG TIME things. BIG TIME things as in celebrate a monkey man and his accomplishments throughout the years (or mostly just gushing about how lovely he is...MOVING ON). With the thought of this account I never thought I'd become surrounded by some of the sweetest people in the world. All of you that I've talked to or witnessed have been some of the most kind beings I've ever had contact with. With that said, I thank all of you who have been with me throughout these two years (or have just been with me throughout any amount of days). You've seen me at my worst times and my best...I don't know where I'd be without the Genesis family. I love you guys so much...I hope you all know that. Anyway...Enough with the sappy shit. SLEDGE ON UNTIL THE FULL MOON COMES...Ya lunatics! HERE'S TO TWO MORE YEARS!
Some of you might remember a review of Genesis's "Foxtrot".
I liked the record but was especially impressed with Peter Gabriel's flamboyant vocal approach and lyricism and Phil Collins's drumming. Few years after "Foxtrot" Gabriel and the band parted ways and the rest is history. Both sides went pop but in very different ways.
Today we look at "So", Gabriel's fifth record which also happens to be one of the finest prog pop albums of all time. Evocative and epic "Red Rain" opens up the record and you immediately notice the music's accessibility, amount of polish and musicality. Another strange thing is the mood of "Red Rain".
Most openers are upbeat, blistering fast or energetic, depends on the genre but Gabriel chose a slower and gloomier track. After it "Sledgehammer" follows which is one of his bigger hits. The track is groovy, funky and very catchy and is essential pop phase Gabriel.
"So" also features a number of very talented and relevant artists. "Don't Give Up" is a duo with Kate Bush and "In Your Eyes" features Youssou N'Dour, a true legend of modern African music.
Peter Gabriel is known for his constant flerting with various local music as he single-handedly popularized world music and of course this record has snippets of it. His voice soars and feels very soothing to the ear but unlike most of his present counterparts Gabriel has a very artistic way of expressing poppy music.
The rest of his band is really tight and talented as well. Smooth and clever, the true Brit way.
So, "So" (hehe) is a very important record of not only his career but everyone who listened to pop in the 80's and everyone who mixed pop and prog like Steven Wilson did recently with "To The Bone". "So" will always be a legitimately fun and engaging listen and I am actually glad Gabriel decided to explore and challenge himself as an artist instead of playing safe. I need to acquaint myself more with this and his other records though, he has a lot of records behind his belt.
In any case a landmark prop (lel) record and one of his finest work. Don't miss it.