In his two previous albums had shown signs of his new musical personality. However, the shadow of the symphonic sound of his former band still hung over them, especially in the first. In "Peter Gabriel III" took a giant step, reinforced his status as creator edgy, and gave his best collection of songs to date, abracando urban styles like rock, experimental music and even the new age.
In London, Marillion were in their infancy and offered audiences a magic similar to that in the masterpieces of early Genesis. Gabriel, meanwhile, no longer spoke of the characters from Alice in Wonderland. His new topics treated schizophrenia, harassment, isolation and lack of communication. Even with discrete outcome was entering international commitments.
The third album from Surrey (England) is a kaleidoscope-dose risk, innovation, and most influential capacity that has been recognized. The first track, "Intruder", is a topic of nightmare. The intruder who enters your life and you know it will not bring anything good. The text uses striking phrases ("I like it when you know I'm there / Your bated breath charging the air"), to create that sense of danger lurking. The victim in the bedroom without venturing out into the hall, and into that bathroom whose light is kindled. The bastards Gabriel whistles of a more smug than ever surprise the listener at the end of this haunting song, which includes sounds of creaking doors, or steps on a creaking wooden floor. In the nineties, Primus recorded a version of this theme.
"No Self Control", the following also contains a novel structure. At first you hear about "soundscapes", those progressive touches so characteristic of Robert Fripp's guitar, Gabriel friend and regular at that first stage. It also is worth listening to that last part, when the singer repeats the phrase that titles the topic a battery and a drawing of compulsively twisting guitar, keyboards and suddenly the song abruptly cut.
"Start" is a delicious and very brief interlude played the saxophone, a note of outstanding quality, which leads to the next, the move "I Do not Remember", the most accessible song to date, which speaks of loss memory.
Follow what is, from my point of view, the best song this man has made throughout his solo career, "Family Snapshot". This theme, the "Instant Family", may go unnoticed at first listen, but it's those pieces that, in four minutes, build a character and gives it emotions, describe their actions and their consequences and conveys a world sensations. And this is due to the awesome vocal of Mr. Gabriel.
The theme has a symmetrical construction, slow entry - crescendo - why slow end, the way traditional narrative approach - knot - deselance many novels and movies. Peter Gabriel is the loner, the style of Travis Bickle, the protagonist of "Taxi Driver" to interpret Robert de Niro, who dreams of reaching his fifteen minutes of fame shooting a politician. The song describes the type of position from a rooftop sniper, awaiting the arrival of the procession to fire
Delirium in song, the injustice of being rejected that chooses insane way to become someone. At the end of the topic, this moron is seen only with the consequences of their actions. The song slows down, and the tone of Gabriel explaining what acts have been this crazy conveys a sense of sadness and loneliness hard to describe. The art made music. In a recent collection was edited by Peter Gabriel does not appear this issue. Now they better. At least the artist himself was aware of the greatness of this classic unknown, and included it in the "Peter Gabriel Plays Live", their live album 83.
The following "And Through the Wire" is much lighter, is another good song with hummable chorus.
We arrived at the most unfortunate moment of the album, in my opinion: "Games Without Frontiers", as well as the final, "Biko", a South African activist dedicated defender of the rights of black citizens in the country of Nelson Mandela. For me is that the rock is defined as Brian Setzer, the Stray Cats leader: "Songs that you arrive on beautiful women and tough guys called Johnny Cool and Jim Dynamite". I know it is very simplistic, but when I listen to music vibrate or excited, as I do with that described "Family Snapshot" I come with no political gibberish by well intended.
And the two songs are heard Gabriel, but for example "Games Without Frontier" is more like a congregation of "Boy Scouts" singing Ring Around the Rosy than a rock song.
"Lead a Normal Life", by contrast, is an almost instrumental piece, with suggestive environments created with synthesizers, and where Gabriel sings only one verse. It's music like he did David Bowie in his Berlin trilogy, and Trent Reznor certainly had in mind when he composed this song many instrumental pieces that are in "The Fragile".
"Not one of us", the issue remains to comment, is another interesting piece that addresses the issue of rejection, as is clearly stated in the first sentence: "There is only water in the tears of a stranger."
On the back of this magnificent Lp Gabriel could see, with the same hairstyle and the same shirt on the cover melted by acid apparently totally normal, with childish features intact. But looking good photo of Gabriel perceive the expression, that look at this incipient smile empty and emotionless, and will alter rather than the gimmicky cover. The man on the cover is the sniper "Family Snapshot" an image that reminds me of the last shot of Norman Bates in "Psycho".
Pure art, progressive rock, avant-garde yet assimilated is what gave us Peter Gabriel's third LP.