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Old 02-07-2011, 08:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Lisnaholic View Post
I can understand Dotoar`s enthusiasm for this album, because the musicians never put a foot wrong on the entire disc. As he says, the piano, the guitar are wonderful. The first three tracks are really powerful and seem to promise so much...

However in my opinion, with the Phil Collins and Epping Forest tracks the quality of the songwriting takes a dip from which the album never quite recovers. I share tore`s misgivings about Peter Gabriel`s contribution. In fact, I`d go further than he would probably care to because, despite PG`s supposed talents of story-telling, I never feel that he has any empathy with his characters at all. Typically, he invents someone, gives them a silly name or voice, makes a little joke about them and then moves on to his next victim. It`s a pretty juvenile approach to narrative which quickly becomes irritating. When he wrote Aisle of Plenty he wasn`t a Charterhouse schoolboy any longer, but you`d never guess that to judge from the lyrics.
A matter of topical taste, I guess. I really dig Gabriel's character assassinations as displayed in songs like "Epping Forest", "Cinema show", "Get 'em out by friday" etc., quite like Ian Anderson used to do it although set to a more mythical backdrop. But then again, I'm quite cynical myself.
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