Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel [Scratch] (1978)
Of all the Peter Gabriel albums this one is my current favourite – that’s because it’s the one I’ve listened to the least. So I’m finding, on this current run, so much here to grab on to that I never knew so well. I had the remastered CD a good 10-15 years ago, so it’s not like I’m a total stranger but of all the four self-titled albums and indeed of all the albums this is just the one I’ve spent the least time with – until now. Goddamn, he’s a genius. I find a new thing to get hooked on every time, the songs have sharp corners, they have angles, they can seem – even – to be impenetrable at first. And that, of course, makes you (want to) work a little harder. And then there’s that voice – it soars. It sells even the strangest of the material; sometimes especially so.
Sample Track: D.I.Y.
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