Peter Gabriel
Car


4.5
superb

Review

by MikeForHollywood USER (8 Reviews)
February 6th, 2013 | 28 replies | 3,104 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A unique beginning to a solo artist's discography, Peter Gabriel brings a perfect synergy of prog and pop without sacrifice, something that his former group could never truly achieve.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

A bit of history. After recording and subsequently touring with Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Peter Gabriel had grown tired of the restraints of the democratic Genesis and wanted to experiment on his own. He took a year off, worked hard and created a unique sound that would be used towards his debut eponymous album, Peter Gabriel. The first of four eponymous albums and was known as Car because of the album artwork done by the design firm Hipgnosis.

Peter Gabriel is a beautiful blend of emotional and heart-felt pieces along with some great rockers and hugely grandiose songs. The album begins with Moribund the Burgermeister, a song that could have well been on Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. The strange beats and rhythms take us further into the story.

With terrific session musicians, the album is able to grow as we move from track to track. Tony Levin guest stars on bass and chapman stick as well as leading the barbershop quartet in Excuse Me.

The second single from the album comes in the form of Modern Love which leaves the listener wanting more and never lives up to its full potential. Humdrum similarly displays this however the beautiful musical arrangement makes up for it.

My personal favourite song comes in the form of the second last piece on the album Down the Dolce Vita. Though I do hate the use of this word, the only proper term to describe this song is epic. With all its horns, percussion, and a huge build up, the piece takes the listener right to the edge and this is where the album hits its climax. The song is a perfect mix of the times: some disco flair, a great opening, and strong, emotional vocals to bring it all together. Gabriel finishes on a strong note with his so called credits song, Here Comes the Flood. Robert Fripp provides the guitar while Gabriel is on the piano. He has since said that he did not like the over-produced sound of the piece and would subsequently perform it with just him and the piano.

The 9 song album is relatively short for Gabriel (having just come off a 92 minute epic), however, the length is perfect. It allows Gabriel to express everything and leave it all out on the record. Side 2 stands out to me as the more spirited and edgy side while side 1 is more poppy and commercial with the inclusion of the massive hit Solsbury Hill used in countless movies.

Though the album is complete and a terrific listen, it is not without it’s flaws. Waiting for the Big One is overdrawn and goes on for far too long. It’s a simple blues song that drags for over seven minutes. Luckily, the album finishes extremely strong and saves the second side.

All in all, a complete album that has its stumbles but where it begins to lag, it picks up and drives forward like no other Genesis album. This is Gabriel finally breaking free of Genesis’s chains and coming into his own. Peter is home again.



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YankeeDudel
February 6th 2013



9311 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

OH YEA

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CK
February 6th 2013



4908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FINALLY!!! I was even considering reviewing this.

Didn't read the review yet, but I did read the summary, and you might want to change the phrase "A unique insert to the Gabriel discography", mostly because it's the start of his solo career. Maybe say something like "A unique start to Gabriel's solo-career" or something of the likes.

I totally agree with the summary otherwise

KILL
February 6th 2013



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow yea finally indeed

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

jesuslover46
February 6th 2013



578 Comments


gr8

Jethro42
February 6th 2013



12381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bumped up to a 4.5.

MikeForHollywood
February 8th 2013



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feedback!

DikkoZinner
February 20th 2014



2900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album

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KILL
April 10th 2014



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oooh de pain

CK
April 10th 2014



4908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been digging Security a lot lately, so close to being a 5 if it weren't for that slightly awkward ending.

Rowan5215
May 19th 2014



24984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LORD
HERE COMES THE FLOOD

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KILL
May 19th 2014



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

we'll say goodbye!!!

Jethro42
May 19th 2014



12381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

to flesh and blood

KILL
May 19th 2014



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whens that scratch review comin jethro ;)

Jethro42
May 19th 2014



12381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll have to revisit that one. All I remember is it's not my favorite album. I like songs such as On the air and D.I.Y. and White Shadow for sure.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2014



15852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not even one page damn

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KILL
May 19th 2014



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet fripp

and well it only got a review last year

KILL
May 19th 2014



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ur mikeforhollywood too? how many damn alts u got!

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2014



15852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why is it called 'Car' on here, weird

KILL
May 19th 2014



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well you cant name them all peter gabriel so the first 4 are named after the artwork

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2014



15852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh k, never seen them called anything but pg 1, pg 2, pg 3 and pg 4 before though



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