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Reviews: Peter Gabriel: Melt

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Review by JW May 14, 2003 (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Three years after his first solo album, and what a difference! This is the Gabriel we have come to appreciate: more adventurous, more complex and generally less symphonic rock. His voice developed into that highly pitched somewhat raspy style. I hear the roots of world music shining through on this album, something he was going to iterate on in later years.

Of course this is the album with the protest hit "Biko" on it. It is still a powerful song. Further you can hear Kate Bush on background vocals and Phil Collins on drums. As with his first album, Robert Fripp contributes on guitar as well as Paul Weller.

The sound has improved somewhat versus his first album, hence my three star rating.

Jw

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Review by dorokusai August 3, 2003 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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One of my personal favorite albums of all time. Recording is excellent, and I would venture to say this is a near perfect performance. Biko/ Start/ Games w/o Frontiers and Lead a Normal Life, are all standouts on this disc. Highly recommened for the PG fan.

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Review by DeSelby February 7, 2005 (5 of 8 found this review helpful)
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stereo sonics: thin and sometimes sharp sound without warmth, nearly no bass, as it has been on the LP 1980, seems to be nothing more on the masters.

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Review by gregs1104 January 30, 2010 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I feel that this release, the last from Gabriel before his shift to digital on "So", had the best sound quality of any of the SACDs in this series. The mix on it is a little odd, as it's always been--it leans toward thin. But the clarity in all the little details here is just amazing, and the transitions in dynamics come through on this version like never before. As an example, the way the quiet intro to "No Self Control" explodes when the drum parts kick in was a goosebump moment first time I heard it. And sound of the percussive bits used as sounds effects have this really nice impact and space around them; the noises on "Intruder" and percussion on "Games Without Frontiers" come to mind as parts I find interesting to hear. Only real complaint is "Biko"--it sounds out of place and oddly recorded compared to the rest of the tracks, as it always has.

One of my favorite SACDs really; not perfect from a sonic perspective, mainly because of the somewhat weird mix, but quite good and the music is great.

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Review by Goodwood January 25, 2011 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Agree with the last but one review. I would go further and say that the opening track feels like my ear drums are being attacked with broken bottles.
I want to enjoy this but cannot listen to it all the way through. I think the bass and mids are there but are drowned by a boost in the top end.
Actually quite awful.

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Review by Steelers6Rings November 12, 2012 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This is perhaps my favorite of the Peter Gabriel releases on SACD. Sounds phenomenal and the material couldn't be better. Love everything about this SACD.

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