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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The pairing sounds ideal -- the former front man of Genesis, as produced by the leading light of King Crimson. Unfortunately, Peter Gabriel's second album (like his first, eponymous) fails to meet those grandiose expectations, even though it seems to at first. "On the Air" and "D.I.Y." are stunning slices of modern rock circa 1978, bubbling with synths, insistent rhythms, and polished processed guitars, all enclosed in a streamlined production that nevertheless sounds as large as a stadium. Then, things begin to drift, at first in a pleasant way ("A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World" is surprisingly nimble), but by the end, it all seems a little formless. It's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The pairing sounds ideal -- the former front man of Genesis, as produced by the leading light of King Crimson. Unfortunately, Peter Gabriel's second album (like his first, eponymous) fails to meet those grandiose expectations, even though it seems to at first. "On the Air" and "D.I.Y." are stunning slices of modern rock circa 1978, bubbling with synths, insistent rhythms, and polished processed guitars, all enclosed in a streamlined production that nevertheless sounds as large as a stadium. Then, things begin to drift, at first in a pleasant way ("A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World" is surprisingly nimble), but by the end, it all seems a little formless. It's not that the music is overly challenging -- it's that the record is unfocused. There are great moments scattered throughout the record, yet it never captivates, either through intoxicating, messy creativity (as he did on his debut) or through cohesion (the way the third Peter Gabriel album, two years later, would). Certain songs work well on their own -- not just the opening numbers, but the mini-epic "White Shadow," the tight "Animal Magic," the tense yet catchy "Perspective," the reflective closer "Home Sweet Home" -- yet for all the tracks that work, they never work well together. Ironically, it holds together a bit better than its predecessor, yet it never reaches the brilliant heights of that record. In short, it's a transitional effort that's well worth the time of serious listeners, even it's still somewhat unsatisfying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
  • UPC: 180030000628
  • Catalog Number: 62
  • Sales rank: 7,536

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On the Air (5:34)
  2. 2 D.I.Y. (2:34)
  3. 3 Mother of Violence (3:26)
  4. 4 A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World (3:35)
  5. 5 White Shadow (5:19)
  6. 6 Indigo (3:32)
  7. 7 Animal Magic (3:29)
  8. 8 Exposure (4:18)
  9. 9 Flotsam and Jetsam (2:22)
  10. 10 Perspective (3:29)
  11. 11 Home Sweet Home (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Gabriel Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Vocals, Background Vocals
Roy Bittan Keyboards
Tim Cappello Saxophone
Larry Fast Synthesizer
Tony Levin Bass, Background Vocals, Chapman Stick, String Bass
George Marge Recorder
Jerry Marotta Drums, Background Vocals
Sid McGinnis Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Peter Gabriel Composer
Tony Cousins Remastering
Robert Fripp Composer, Producer
Jill Gabriel Composer
Michael Getlin Engineer
Tony Levin Recorder Arrangement
David Price Equipment Technician
Steve Short Engineer
Ed Sprigg Engineer
Richard Chappell Engineer
Marc Bessant Graphic Design
Dan Blore Sleeve Restoration
Albert Lawrence Equipment Technician
Mic Smith Introduction
Steve Tayler Engineer
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