Gabriel, Peter - So

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Geffen
Catalog Number: PGCDX5
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

I have to start things off by saying "God I love this album!" What is there not to like on the recording? Every song is Peter Gabriel at his career best. His mood is light and airy, which is a total shift from the dark and serious moods of his previous outings.

"Sledgehammer" has to be the best and the most successful single that Peter has ever made. It has irresistibly catchy hooks and rhythms that would make the most serious jazz or classical listener want to get up and dance. "Red Rain" is an instantly recognizable radio standard that still gets good rotation to this day. "Big Time" was another light-hearted tune with the injections of African-World rhythms via standout percussion, funky pop, and the ever present prog-rock foundation lingering in and around the edges of every song. "In Your Eyes" is romanticism personified by Gabriel, featuring some of the most memorable lyrics and music to ever grace the ears of his listeners. It's one of my all-time favorites.

This is an astoundingly consistent album loaded with great songs and many hits that would once again send Peter into yet another direction in his career. He was just getting better and better with each release, and this was his best yet. Music like this never gets old or tiresome; it's timeless and ageless because of its originality, eternal freshness, and open ended approach that appealed to such a huge cross section of listeners worldwide. The world was his oyster now, what would come next?

Also released as regular remastered edition - PGCDR5

Red Rain (5:39) / Sledgehammer (5:12) / Don't Give Up (6:33) / That Voice Again (4:53) / Mercy Street (6:22) / Big Time (4:28) / We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37) (3:22) / This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds) (4:25) / In Your Eyes (5:27)

Peter Gabriel - synthesizer, flute, percussion, piano, drums, keyboards, vocals and background vocals, producer, horn arrangements
Laurie Anderson - vocals
Kate Bush - vocals
Stewart Copeland - synthesizer, percussion, drums, keyboards, hi-hat
Bill Laswell - bass Ronnell Bright - bass , vocals
Nile Rodgers - guitar
P.P. Arnold - vocals, backing vocals
Michael Been - vocals and background vocals
Jimmy Bralower - synthesizer
Linn Simon Andrew Clark - bass, Hammond organ, CMI, CS-80, keyboards
Djalma Correa - conga, triangle, surdo
Coral Gordon - vocals and backing vocals
Wayne Jackson - trumpet, cornet, horn arrangements
Manu Katche - percussion, drums, talking drum
Jim Kerr - background vocals
Larry Klein - bass
Daniel Lanois - guitar, percussion, electric guitar, tambourine, 12-string guitar, producer, engineer, horn arrangements
Tony Levin - bass, vocals, drum sticks
Dee Lewis - vocals and backing vocals
Jerry Marotta - drums, bass, vocals, drum sticks
Don Mikkelsen - trombone
Youssou N'Dour - vocals
David Rhodes - guitar, arranger, vocals and backing vocals
Mark Rivera - alto, baritone and tenor sax, synthesizer
Lakshminarayana Shankar - violin
Richard Tee - piano, keyboards
Ronnie Bright - bass, vocals

Peter Gabriel (1) (1977/2002)
Peter Gabriel (2) (1978/2002)
Peter Gabriel (3) (1980/2002)
Security (1982/2002)
Plays Live (1983/2002)
Birdy (OST) (1984/2002)
So (1985/2002)
Passion (1989/2002)
Shaking The Tree (1990)
Us (1992)
Secret World Live (1994)
Ovo: The Millennium Show (2000)
Ovo: (2000)
Up (2002)
Long Walk Home (2002)
Hit (2003)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: July 30th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website:
Hits: 1295
Language: english


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