So (studio album) by Peter Gabriel

So by Peter Gabriel
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 263rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 843 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1986 (4th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (32nd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (263rd)

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.3/100, a mean average of 79.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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75/100
From 06/06/2022 17:28
It’s impossible to criticize Gabriel’s voice, which is impeccable. In Your Eyes is a legitimately great track. The rest of the songs fall into two categories: one, the radio-friendly pop song that stretches way longer than a pop song should; and two, the gratuitously weird song that sounds experimental for the sake of maintaining the weird British progressive bona fides.
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From 02/10/2022 14:57
A BIG album with full of bangers, say no more.
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From 01/01/2022 11:44
I really couldn't get in to this album. I found most of the songs boring and uninteresting. The only noteworthy tracks are In Your Eyes, which is a lovely song, and That Voice Again, which I also enjoyed.
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From 09/26/2021 10:40
Listening to this album again after some time and looking at some of the reviews on this site and others I have the following comments. Firstly do not judge this album by the the 'commercial hits', 'Sledgehammer' and 'Big Time', these are not the best tracks on the album. Several listens are required to appreciate the other tracks, particularly 'In Your Eyes' which is an immaculately crafted piece of music, Gabriel's voice is perfection. 'Don't Give Up' is worth the price of the album on it's own, 'Red Rain' an outstanding opening track. Don't give up on this album, it's one of the best.
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From 07/06/2021 20:44
Great album by Peter Gabriel. It is impressive to see the range of this artist with how he was able to have incredibly catchy despite his prog rock starts. Loved the collab with Kate Bush.
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From 03/21/2021 14:48
A carreira solo do Peter Gabriel é forte como sua estada no Genesis! Gigante!
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From 01/07/2021 23:37
This is a perfect example for the sellout of an serious artist and the power of a mainstream hit. To be honest... this album includes a poor disco hit single... (Sledgehammer), an average ballald (Red Rain) saved by Kate Bush, one - only one - mentionable song (Red Rain).... and the rest is... boaring.
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From 03/22/2020 13:15
His Best Album
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From 03/21/2020 22:40
83/100

Un exuberante despliegue de conglomerados rítmicos muy propios de los músicos populares, con tintes experimentales bien equilibrados.
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From 03/20/2020 00:12
Criticised retrospectively for moving too far towards the commercial and away from the prog roots that Gabriel had established himself with, this album actually stands up well against the march of time. There's a touch of a dated sound to one or two tracks, but that may be because they are rooted in the 80s psyche so firmly that it's difficult to think of them outside of that decade (I'm looking at you Sledgehammer and Don't Give Up). But don't let that put you off - this is a great record which bears much listening. There's still enough of the art rock to make it sound like vintage Gabriel, and those who are critical of its movement in the mainstream direction are just jealous of the tunes.
High Points: Sledgehammer; We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)
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