#185: So by Peter Gabriel


So by Peter Gabriel (1986)

Favorite Tracks: "Red Rain" and "Sledgehammer" and "Don't Give Up" and "That Voice Again" and "In Your Eyes"

Thoughts: An excellent album for a Monday. This weekend I went to a wedding that had an instrumental version (probably by Vitamin String Quartet) of "In Your Eyes" as part of the processional music. It was wonderful.

There's something so comforting about 80s and 90s pop music. It reminds me of my childhood and my parents.  Well, so does music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Though in this case I think my parents were bigger Phil Collins' fans than Peter Gabriel. I remember my dad telling me about Peter's departure from Genesis to go solo and then the band became even more famous. Who knows if it really was an ego thing or artistic differences, but ever since I've sort of kept Peter at a distance, enjoying a few songs but never giving him any of my true musical devotion.

As such, this is my first real attempt at familiarizing myself with his work, and as albums go, So is pretty excellent. Side A was full of excellent pop songs, both in lyrics and production. "In Your Eyes" was, of course, the crown jewel. Who doesn't love that song? I finally saw Say Anything a year or so ago, and Lloyd Dobbler was definitely worthy of his iconic boombox scene.  But from "In Your Eyes" I lost interest in the rest of the album. The rest of the tracks felt so throw away to me.

Is This Better Than Bad?: Bad doesn't have throw away songs, so (hehe)...


Brian Terreson said...

Definitely was Vitamin String Quartet.

Maryann said...

they're the best!

Linda said...

"We do what we're told" is amazing. Really underrated.