My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: This album is the self-titled debut album by Mr. Gabriel. In fact, his first four albums were self-titled/ untitled and this one is referred to as Car, because of the cover image. The album was recorded during the second half of 1976 and released in 1977.
What I think: I’ve never sat down and just listened to a Peter Gabriel album, but maybe I should. There is something he does with his voice at times that I just love and manages to pull me into the songs even if they aren’t my normal fare. I found this with the Genesis albums as well. The first song Mouribound the Burgermaster”, for example is a bit to proggy and isn’t something I would normally enjoy, but at a few transition points when he uses the pronouns “I” or “You” his voice lifts and it is just magical. So a song like that becomes instantly enjoyable.
My favorite song here is of course “Solsbury Hill”, which I believe is my favorite Gabriel song, but the rest aren’t really slouches. “Modern Love” (is there a bad song with that title?) is stellar, “Excuse Me” is nice and the album ends perfectly with closer “Here Comes the Flood”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s really good, and I hope to listen to plenty more of his albums as I want to here the transition into the 80’s MTV pop icon.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (306 /399)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%