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Peter Gabriel 2: Scratch (Remastered)

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Produced by Robert Fripp—and considered in some circles as part of a trilogy that includes Fripp’s Exposure and Daryl Hall’s Sacred Songs album (all produced by Fripp)—2: Scratch features Peter Gabriel again redefining the boundaries of where his music could go. The prominent use of Larry Fast on synths for five tracks, Springsteen keyboardist Roy Bittan (in an out-of-character role) on six tracks, Bayete on keyboards for four tracks, and Gabriel himself on keys for four tracks makes for a texturally rich album that’s further supplemented by Fripp’s guitars and "Frippertronics" on the Tony Levin–heavy “Exposure.” Tracks such as “On the Air,” “D.I.Y.," and “Indigo” sound like what many would expect from the team of Fripp and Gabriel, with cold, Bowie-like arrangements where sound is fungible. But “White Shadow” puts all these efforts into the most successful exercise (though lost is the joy of having the final notes play for eternity in the vinyl’s inner groove). “Animal Magic” sounds like Fripp was warming up for his Daryl Hall collaboration.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant, but slightly less so...

With his solo career successfully launched, Peter decided next to work with the man whose very name was synonymous with progressive rock: Robert Fripp (the King Crimson leader had been dying to work with Gabriel for years). The choice was inspired, but unfortunately for Fripp, Peter Gabriel "Scratch" is surrounded by two albums that are simply timeless (1977's "Car" and 1980's "Melt"). But that doesn't stop "Scratch" from being a great album filled with classic songs.

With the help of Fripp "Scratch" has far more of a cohesive sound than the scattered, mulitfaceted "Car". But unfortunately, it was far less cohesive in terms of song quality. Several songs ("A Wonderful Day...", "Exposure", "F&J") seem like complete filler, something that the great Gabriel should never have. But other than those songs, the rest of the album simply rock, whhether in terms of the in your face rock of "On The Air", "DIY", "Animal Magic", and "Perspective", or the quiet, epic granduer of "White Shadow" and "Home Sweet Home". Gabriel and Fripp even manage to slip in two ballads, the guitar-based "Mother Of Violence" and the piano-based "Indigo". Both give the album more flavor, and help to give the listener respite from the intense rock on the rest of the work.

Peter Gabriel's "Scratch" album is the last he released before his increased flirtations with world music, which, by the end of the 80's, almost completely dominated his music style. So, for those of you still wanting a little hint of Genesis with your Gabriel, try out "Scratch". You just might find what you're looking for.

Not as strong

The weakest of Peter Gabriel's eponymous albums..."Flotsam and Jetsam" and "Home Sweet Home" are interesting. Other than that, it is mortal.


Great album. Indigo alone makes it a very worthy buy.


Born: February 13, 1950 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the leader of Genesis in the early '70s, Peter Gabriel helped move progressive rock to new levels of theatricality. He was no less ambitious as a solo artist, but he was more subtle in his methods. With his first eponymous solo album in 1977, he began exploring darker, more cerebral territory, incorporating avant-garde, electronic, and worldbeat influences into his music. The record, as well as its two similarly titled successors, established Gabriel as a critically acclaimed cult artist, and...
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