- Audio Cassette (Oct. 17 1990)
- Format: Import
- Label: Geffen Records
- ASIN: B000000OMK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
"Intruder" sets the stage for the rest of the album. Having removed all the metal percussion from the studio, the forbidding sounds of the drums and the creaking scratch of the piano string remain one of the most frightening introductions to kick off an album. It was also an environment that Gabriel held through the duration of PG3, be it from the alienation of "Family Snapshot" to the slyly political "Games Without Frontiers;" that atmosphere of impending disaster sucks you in.
This was also the album where Gabriel discovered the earthy rythms that became central to his future albums. Both "Intruder" and "Not One Of Us" take a significant amount of their edge from these arrangements, and producer Steve Lillywhite knew exactly how to make that kind of percussive sound work in favor of the artist. Perhaps it is best exemplified by "Biko," one of the finest politically tinged songs of the eighties and one that still holds up well today. "It was business as usual in police room 619" Gabriel informs us, as chants and drums give us a greater sense of place. It's a relatively simple sound with a softly delivered message ("the eyes of the world are watching now"), and brings PG3 to a satisfying and emotionally charged conclusion.
The remaster really does make a difference for this CD, and I already consider this Peter Gabriel's high water mark. But it's also the first of three five star recordings, and a great place to start.
His 1978 self-titled album aka the "Scratch" LP is an incredibly weird, eccentric, and surprisingly adventurous album and had a very raw and somewhat undercooked production style to it. The closing song "Home Sweet Home" is a lyrically very dark and morbid song even though musically, it's quite nice but even as morbid as it was, that song had no evidence to what his third album aka "The Melting Face" LP would bring along. This album completely throws his first two albums into the back and boy oh boy, this album is SCARY as hell! Any signs of his search for a sound are completed on this 1980 masterpiece and the results are not just amazing but also immensely though-provoking and really powerful. By 1980 standards, PG3 is unbelievably innovative, groundbreaking and unbelievably powerful. Most of the songs on this album have a very disturbing undertone to them, even on a musical scale but it is done so well that the result is one of Gabriel's most outstanding achievements of his career.
This album could very well be considered a socially conscious album but this album differs from almost every other album in this topic where as most are just addressing the wrongs of the world and societies, PG3 delves much further and aims to tell the story from the perspective of the people who do these wrongs. (I.E. Family Snapshot)
This CD also uses mental illness as a theme as well and the results are just phenomenal and I can't even justify how this album really is with that word.
This third "Peter Gabriel" disc (a.k.a. "Melt") could have been titled "Sociology". Read more