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Peter Gabriel 2: Scratch

Peter Gabriel 2: Scratch by Peter Gabriel
Released: Sep 1978
Label: Real World Productions
On his 1978 sophomore solo set, Peter Gabriel teams up with producer/guitarist Robert Fripp, balancing gentle but arty English folk-pop with complex rhythms and a couple of outright rocking numbers. The punk-appreciating "D.I.Y." is the clear standout and is sonically comparable to what the pre-Remain in Light Talking Heads were doing at the same time. On the other end of the spectrum, "Mother of Violence" is a gorgeous acoustic number that feels like it could be from The Beatles' White Album. Though this was a very strong LP, Gabriel's next album would be his masterwork.
Nick Dedina

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