A lot of artists have one big album that projects them into mainstream consciousness and for Peter Gabriel this album was ‘So’. As is typical of the mid-eighties the album is full of synthesisers and electronica and is an album for the MTV generation, with some of his biggest singles featuring. I saw him in concert around this time but, as what can happen with live shows, only have a fleeting memory of the light show during “Big Time”. It captures a mood of the time where many people faced the reality of unemployment while others grew wealthy. Despite its commercial feel his experimental side still appears on some of the tracks which makes it an interesting album to listen to. It manages to do what good albums do – convey a range of emotions to the listener and draw you into to the lyrics.
Standout Track – This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)