Having heard some of his studio albums, though, I think my favorite is either III (aka Melt) or So. Yeah yeah, the latter is more mainstream, but I consider "Red Rain" to pretty much be a perfect song. More perfect, though? "Here Comes the Flood."
I love So precisely because it is-- in my mind-- a pretty perfect balance of mainstream pop and art-rock. It's totally hooky and totally weird, and proof that "mainstream" and "commercial" don't have to be bad things!
Well said. I don't have much to add to the conversation other than to say I too love Peter Gabriel's music. To me, his stand-out albums are So
, and Up
. I know I am in the minority on that one though. Thing is, I wasn't really exposed to most of Gabriel's stuff until after most of it had already been released - up through Up
. So, the fact that many of the melodies and some of the songs on Up
are recycled or repeats didn't bother me at all. I know the album is a bit aimless and it does have a bit too much noise throughout, but the emotion found in songs like I Grieve
, Sky Blue
, and More Than This
really speaks to me.
To my death, I will maintain that In Your Eyes
is one of the great mainstream pop songs of all time.