Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Peter Gabriel 3

Peter Gabriel 3

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It's perhaps difficult to appreciate 34 years later how groundbreaking and just plain weird this album sounded in 1980. The comparison with Bowie's Berlin albums is somewhat valid, but this album goes places that are very different. It was a mind-blower for me back then. The gated drum sound of "Intruder" became cliché later, but nobody had ever done that before. The drums are also played without cymbals, which contributes to the tense, claustrophobic feel of much of it. The guitars and background vocals (`Not One Of Us", for instance) are given treatments which were novel and also heighten the mood. I don't mean to say that the album all sounds the same - it certainly doesn't -but there is a flow to it. The cover describres the previaling mood. Even "Games Without Frontiers", with its silly lyrics and whistling, has unmistakeable dark undertones. Which isn't to say this album is downer by any means. It's a great album, just don't expect "Big Time" or anything like that! Lyrics have always been one of Gabriel's distinctive strong points, and here he is in top form. "Intruder" and "No Self Control" are downright spooky. "Lead a Normal Life" is a minimalist musical haiku which leaves you scratching your head about it's meaning. "Family Snapshot" is wild stuff! It starts out innocently enough, almost reminiscent of a Bruce Springsteen story song, but then takes are very sinister turn. It gets in the head of a political assassin who targets his victim just to make his mark on the world


Rochacrimson said...

Thank you Aid for this great album!
Do you have links for Peter Gabriel I,II,IV and Live (2CD-1983)?
Thank you for this great post!

Reimer said...

Yes, a very unsettling date. Like 'The Wall' (and 'Scary Monsters'?) it seemed to pick up the gauntlet of nihilism and pessimism thrown down by the New Guard - those stroppy, resentful, younger, less proficient types who came to bury everything they couldn't seize control of. PG's response was much more sonically and structurally exploratory than Pink Floyd ever got though.

Anonymous said...

Peter Gabriel (Hybrid SACD, 2003)
Peter Gabriel 2
Peter Gabriel 3

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