Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck|
3 stars out of 4
Peter Gabriel's second release, once again self-titled, is good album.
It does come up short in the consistency department in comparison
to its predecessor however. There doesn't seem to be the flow and
continuity that was in place on the first album. The same incredible
lineup is on hand for Peter, including Robert Fripp and Tony Levin.
Even with that kind of support Gabriel's performance is fragmented.
"D.I.Y." is a clever melody with simple lyrics and its one of the
highlights of the album. It really sounds like Gabriel is in groove.
"On The Air" has a harder rocking edge with a pounding piano that
I particularly liked. "Exposure" is a prog-rock Picasso; any Gabriel
album would be incomplete without it.
The reason he is able to put this one behind him and move on to more
success with his next release is because he is so talented and resilient.
The remastered sound gives the entire record a robustness and clarity
that will add more interest in acquiring this album than ever before.
There are always the subtleties that you missed the first time around
that the remastering brings out so beautifully. That fact alone is
enough to give this listen, especially if you are a staunch Gabriel
or prog-rock enthusiasts.
1. On the Air (Gabriel) - 5:30
2. D.I.Y. (Gabriel) - 2:37
3. Mother of Violence (Gabriel/Gabriel) - 3:10
4. Wonderful Day in a One-Way World (Gabriel) - 3:33
5. White Shadow (Gabriel) - 5:14
6. Indigo (Gabriel) - 3:30
7. Animal Magic (Gabriel) - 3:26
8. Exposure (Fripp/Gabriel) - 4:12
9. Flotsam and Jetsam (Gabriel) - 2:17
10. Perspective (Gabriel) - 3:23
11. Home Sweet Home (Gabriel) - 4:37
Peter Gabriel - Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
Roy Bittan - Keyboards
Timmy Cappello - Saxophone
Larry Fast - Synthesizer, Photography, Treatments
Robert Fripp - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Producer
Tony Levin - Bass, Vocals (bckgr), Chapman Stick, String Bass, Recorder Arrangement
George Marge - Recorder
Jerry Marotta - Drums, Vocals (bckgr)
Sid McGinnis - Guitar (Acoustic), Mandolin, Guitar (Electric), Guitar
(Steel), Vocals (bckgr), Slide Guitar
Bayete - Keyboards