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Played So

Listened So by Peter Gabriel from petergabriel.com

The first of Peter’s studio albums to have a proper title So was a watershed release in his career. Its marriage of the artistic and the commercial made for an indisputable success, with the album quickly sitting atop the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Aside from some intriguing collaborations – with Laurie Anderson on This Is The Picture, Kate Bush on Don’t Give Up and Youssou N’Dour on In Your Eyes – it was the unity of singer, band and producer that made So such a crucial record in the Gabriel canon.

I was obsessed with this album in like 1995-6. I would play the start of Sledgehammer over and over at full blast on our speakers to hear the weird flute-y synth (?) riff. I still like all the songs on the album besides Don’t Give Up. For having a couple massive hits on it — Sledgehammer and In Your Eyes — this is a pretty weird and dark album. Not a lot of pop artists gonna write about a psychologist’s unethical experiments. It’s kind of an odd blend of funky pop and world beat influenced kinda prog rock.

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Played Selling England by the Pound by Genesis

Listened Selling England by the Pound — Genesis | Last.fm by Genesis from Last.fm

Selling England by the Pound is the fifth studio album by Genesis and was recorded and released in 1973. It followed Foxtrot and was the band’s commercial peak with Peter Gabriel, hitting #3 in the UK. The album went gold in the US in 1990.

Holds up pretty well — actually I have a memory of the album being overshadowed by annoying songs, but was less bothered than I remembered 😂

Really like the opening track, “Dancing with the Moonlight Knight.” The first few sung lines do a great job setting a tone. Forgot how much I enjoy “More Fool Me.” It is a head-scratcher to me that “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” is the single, when those two are much more enjoyable.

“The Cinema Show” was the worst. The falsetto bits are not good, and it’s really damn long (though not as long as Epping Forest). I like the chorus of “Battle of Epping Forest” but there are other parts of the *11 minute track* 🙄 that annoyed me.

I feel like you don’t see 11-minute tracks anymore now that Spotify / streaming is the main way people listen, and artists get paid by the track. There are some songs that benefit from length, but maybe so many ideas don’t need to be mashed into one uber-song (lookin’ at you Tarkus).