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So was Peter Gabriel's most commercially successful album. Released in 1986, it took the production techniques of the 1980s and twisted them to Gabriel's will. "Sledgehammer" was the album's mammoth hit, with "Don't Give Up," and Kate Bush's haunting guest vocal, and "In Your Eyes," a duet with Youssou N'Dour (eventually used to great effect in the 1989 film, Say Anything…), turning a great album into an iconic one. The soothing synthetic layers of "Mercy Street" fit Gabriel's smoky, romantic vocals like a bodysuit. The nuclear fears of "Red Rain" make for unsettling listening from an era where the Cold War was still very much on people's minds.

Customer Reviews

So never sounded so good!

In Your Eyes... What else is there to say other than this beautiful song brings back so many memories. From John Cusak holding a boom box over his head to a love I lost, very powerful music that I highly recommend to everyone!

One of My All-Time Favorite Albums!

Peter Gabriel is absolutely amazing. A true artist. I just saw him in concert. Even in his 60's, I was surprised he didn't miss a beat. It was unbelievable. Back on track: So is a great album. The first time I heard this, I couldn't believe how cool it sounded. Immediately, I loved Sledgehammer. The music video to that even got me loving it more. But the others were all so special: In Your Eyes, Red Rain, Don't Give Up, Mercy Street, and of course, Big Time (now that's another music video that's as fun as Sledgehammer). So if anybody is picking up the new Taylor Swift album or something, that's fine. Pick up So if you have the chance. It's a fantastic listen. However, if you already own it, that's great. We're on the same page.

"So" is so-so

Yes, it's Gabriel's most known and successful album, commercially - it put him on the radar for the mainstream/MTV market, and like most albums that make a 'cult' artist get wide attention, it's a rather watered-down and over-produced approach to his music style. The three songs that got major radio/video rotation are not bad, but the best track is actually one that didn't -- "This Is the Picture", the duet with Laurie Anderson; that song by itself is definitely worth buying.

Biography

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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