So (studio album) by Peter Gabriel

So by Peter Gabriel
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 275th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 805 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1986 (4th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (34th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (275th)

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So is ranked as the best album by Peter Gabriel.

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80/100 (from 805 votes)
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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 80.2/100, a mean average of 79.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.4.

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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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55/100
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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90/100
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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From 11/02/2019 19:52
most important album of the 80s
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From 08/02/2019 00:03
If someone were to declare So to be the greatest album ever made, I wouldn't object an ounce.
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From 07/22/2019 15:12
Favorite Tracks:Big Time
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From 04/22/2019 21:30
Some of the finest music ever created and gathered onto one album. There isn't a weak track on here, and the story behind "Mercy Street" is just incredible.
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