How the world has changed in the 10 years since Peter Gabriel's last "pop" release, the sensational Us.
How the world has changed in the 10 years since Peter Gabriel's last "pop" release, the sensational Us. He and his fans have reached middle age, his chances of exposure at pop radio have vanished with the fragmentation of that format, and MTV—a medium Gabriel milked on his 1986 magnum opus, So—has hitched its star to teen pop, hardcore rap, and reality TV. Nevertheless, the veteran artiste holds his ground on a collection that is sure to earn him the respect of not only his old fans but a new generation of listeners raised on sonic provocateurs like Beck, Nine Inch Nails, and Moby. From the dissonant, distorted opening of "Darkness" to the satirical edge of the first single, "The Barry Williams Show," Gabriel draws from a deep lyrical well and weaves an unmistakably unique sonic tapestry. He is an artist as fully in command of his craft as he was when he wrote classics like "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway," "Solsbury Hill," and "Don't Give Up."—PV