Hit by Peter Gabriel
Released: Nov 2003
Label: Geffen
It's funny. Old-school Genesis fans get down on the band for going pop after Peter Gabriel's departure. Yet their former leader became a Top 40 sensation as well. As the anthology Hit demonstrates, the two camps traveled different paths up that Billboard mountain. Where Phil Collins and company distanced themselves from their more progressive tendencies, Gabriel used his to enrich the pop-song template. Sure, a song like "Sledgehammer" is dance-pop fun, but it's also immaculately crafted.
Justin Farrar
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