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Security -- which was titled Peter Gabriel everywhere outside of the U.S. -- continues where the third Gabriel album left off, sharing some of the same dense production and sense of cohesion, yet lightening the atmosphere and expanding the sonic palette somewhat. The gloom that permeates the third album has been alleviated and while this is still decidedly somber and serious music, it has a brighter feel, partially derived from Gabriel's dabbling in African and Latin rhythms. These are generally used as tonal coloring, enhancing the synthesizers that form the basic musical bed of the record, since much of this is mood music (for want of a better word). Security flows easily and enticingly, with certain songs -- the eerie "San Jacinto," "I Have the Touch," "Shock the Monkey" -- arising from the wash of sound. That's not to say that the rest of the album is bland easy listening -- it's designed this way, to have certain songs deliver greater impact than the rest. As such, it demands close attention to appreciate tone poems like "The Family and the Fishing Net," "Lay Your Hands on Me," and "Wallflower" -- and not all of them reward such intensive listening. Even with its faults, Security remains a powerful listen, one of the better records in Gabriel's catalog, proving that he is becoming a master of tone, style, and substance, and how each part of the record enhances the other.
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Performance CreditsPeter Gabriel Primary Artist,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Surdo,Prophet Synthesizer
Peter Hammill Background Vocals
John Ellis Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Fast Prophet Synthesizer,electronic percussion,Moog Bass
Jill Gabriel Background Vocals
Tony Levin Bass,Stick,Fretless Bass Guitar
David Lord Piano,Prophet Synthesizer,Polymoog
Jerry Marotta Percussion,Drums,Surdo
Morris Pert Percussion,Timbales
David Rhodes Guitar,Background Vocals
Danny Heaps Help
Technical CreditsPeter Gabriel Composer,Producer,Cmi
David Lord Producer,Engineer,Cmi
Stephen Paine Cmi
Richard Chappell Engineer
Marc Bessant Graphic Design
Dan Blore Sleeve Restoration
Mic Smith Introduction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I expect that having some knowledge of the German language is not necessary but will contribute to the enjoyment of this album. One warning however is that when you listen to the English version of these tracks, you may be longing for the German lyrics. I disagree with the notion that "Shock the Monkey" doesn't accommodate the German lyrics well; I believe that the track is much enhanced by the boisterous and over-the-top sound of Gabriel's pronunciation and intonations. Damn, I need to find this CD! I know it's in the wrong jewel case somewhere. :) David
One of the rare records to take you on a sonic journey unlike anything before or since. My kids won't let me take it out of the cars' cd player. We sing along to every song. I saw him on this tour-probably one of the top 3 shows I've ever seen. ''Rhythm of the Heat'' sucks you in and is reason enough to get this cd. The performances are amazing throughout. This isn't mood music. Turn it up loud.