Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Albums of the Day

Peter Gabriel (aka Car) & Peter Gabriel (aka Scratch), by Peter Gabriel: I'm going for a twofer today because I just happened to listen to these first two Gabriel solo discs (1977 and 1978, respectively) this afternoon. They both show a guy stretching out and trying to find his voice as a solo artist, but in much different ways. The first album had Gabriel sampling a variety of styles (from progressive rock to barbershop!), with a fairly consistent success rate. The second album is more cohesive in terms of sound, but falls off greatly in quality after "White Shadow." It wasn't until the next eponymous album (aka Melt) that things really took off.

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