Peter Gabriel Album Reviews

Leaving Genesis after six albums, at the age of 25, Peter Gabriel’s solo career initially felt like an attempt to distance himself from his former band. It took him a couple of albums to find his feet, but his third self-titled album, known as Melt, established him as a innovative solo artist, and also revealed his interests in political activism, notably the closing track ‘Biko’. From there, Gabriel went from strength to strength, achieving a deserved commercial breakthrough with So in 1986. Following 1992’s excellent Us, his career has largely plateaued, with only one studio album at the time of writing, 2002’s worthy but flawed Up.

After appearing as quintessentially English in Genesis, Gabriel’s explored world music in his solo career, integrating it successfully into his own sound. His husky voice is a major asset, and even if he’s not a technically impressive musician, he’s a skilled arranger and producer.

I’ve covered all of his studio albums to date, but I’ve skipped over a couple of soundtracks – 1985’s Birdy, which is partly instrumental reworkings of previous songs, and 2002’s Long Walk Home.

Ten Favourite Peter Gabriel Songs

Secret World
San Jacinto
Sledgehammer
Wallflower
Biko
Solsbury Hill
In Your Eyes
A Different Drum
Blood Of Eden
Signal To Noise