Peter Gabriel - So
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1986 Ratings: #19 / 83
User Score
Based on 115 ratings
1986 Ratings: #21
Liked by 4 people
May 19, 1986 / Release Date
LP / Format
Geffen / Label
Pop Rock, Art Pop / Genres
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"Woah, this guy gave Peter Gabriel a 100! What's he thinking?" I'll tell you what I'm thinking. Name a bad song from this album. Oh... There isn't one. From start to finish, the extremely talented Peter Gabriel takes us on a booming and fantastical journey through some of the most bombastic and beautiful pop music ever recorded. Red Rain, Sledgehammer, Big Time... They're all on here and amazing. Then we finish with one of the greatest songs ever recorded (if you're listening to the ... read more
John Cusack standing outside Ione Skye's window in the early morning, holding a boom box over his head while In Your Eyes was playing is essentially one of most iconic cinematic moments and made me realize how this is such a cornerstone, an essential 80's record that screams nostalgia. No need to press the skip button here.

It's funny to think that he made this when he was 36... I don't know why that cracks me up so much. Look, this thing is fun to listen to, and even though some tracks really don't click with me as well as some others, I believe that the overall experience makes up for it.

Color: White
FAV TRACKS: Red Rain, Sledgehammer, Mercy Street, We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)
LEAST FAV: This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)
Some of Gabriel's greatest hits are here but it lacks the variety of the 4th
Gabriel displays his gift for gorgeous refrains and uplifting compositions in a slightly uneven but terrific pop-friendly, prog-rock-tinged album that has stood the test of time.

In So, Gabriel shows his Brian Wilson-like sense for delicately constructing compositions in which every layer and small accent ties together to form an ambient whole. His penchant for really gorgeous refrains is on full display here – see “Red Rain” and “Don’t Give Up” in ... read more
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Track List

  1. Red Rain
  2. Sledgehammer
  3. Don't Give Up (featuring Kate Bush) 
  4. That Voice Again
  5. In Your Eyes
  6. Mercy Street
  7. Big Time
  8. We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)
  9. This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)
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Added on: June 2, 2013