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You are no longer onsite at your organization. Please log in. In the United States, So became one of Geffen Records ' most commercially successful releases, peaking at number two and remaining on the chart for ninety-three weeks. Gabriel would go on to say in an interview for Rolling Stone that he believed the video exposed So ' s songs to a wider audience, bolstering the album's success.
Bono contacted Gabriel to perform at A Conspiracy of Hopea series of Live Aid -inspired concerts that intended to spread awareness of human rights issues in light of Amnesty International 's twenty-fifth anniversary. Gabriel described it as "the best tour [he'd] ever been on".
One of the dates was a special two-night residency 20—21 December at Tokyo 's Meiji Jingu Stadium to fund a global computer system for the University for Peacea United Nations project.
Tour in So received mostly favourable reviews from music critics. Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote "only a handful of Western rock musicians have managed to use exotic rhythms and instruments with so much ingenuity and conviction".
Pareles also praised his vocals, describing them as "grainy but not bluesy, ageless and joyless, the voice of some ancient mariner recounting disasters". Terry Atkinson of Los Angeles Times viewed the album as offering "an amazing variety of tones, moods, and topics and a consistently powerful level of expression".
So has continued to perform well in most retrospective reviews. Erlewine particularly praised Gabriel's fusion of art rock with African music and soul. Album) Bray, writer for Consequence of Soundconcluded So was an "all-too-rare record that manages to have it both ways, earning its richly deserved critical and commercial respect without giving so much as an artistic inch". He added that "it still stands on its own two feet as one of the consensus best records of the 80s".
He added that "Gabriel crafted an album of user-friendly pop that was still reassuringly odd. In a less positive retrospective review, Mojo ' s David Buckley contrasted the album with Gabriel's earlier, more experimental work, claiming "on 's Sohe switched tack to write pop, and write big.
The results are mixed. He praised its state-of-the-art production in parts, highlighting "Big Time" and "Sledgehammer" as standout tracks, but claimed elsewhere it interfered, such as the Fairlight CMI synthesizer on "That Voice Again" and whistling ambient accompaniment on "Mercy Street".
Its video is the most played music video in the history of MTV. So is often regarded as Gabriel's best album, as well as one of the best albums of the s. It enabled Gabriel to transform from a cult artistacclaimed for his cerebral, experimental solo work, into a mainstream, internationally known star. It's a masterpiece. A chronicle of political, emotional, and artistic exploration, the album [attempts] to balance standard pop orthodoxy with his still-rumbling desire for sonic experimentation".
It includes the remastered So album, the Live at Athens album and a So DNA album which examines its production, as well as new liner notes, photographs, vinyl collectibles and the So: Classic Albums documentary.
Michael Glabicki of the American band Rusted Root acknowledges this album as a key influence on his own career exploring worldbeat music, saying, "I just kind of got locked into that sound. Peter Gabriel's So kind of gave everyone the go-ahead that this could work in a popular fashion.
For people like me Interlude - Passion - Portrait - Portrait (Cassette were exploring those sounds, the wonder of if it's going to work or not just went away at that point. Credits adapted from So ' s liner notes. The track numbers correspond to the original release. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Album) Gabriel. Pop art pop art rock progressive pop worldbeat.
Charisma Virgin Geffen. Peter Gabriel Daniel Lanois. Opening with the shakuhachi bamboo flute Gabriel uses a prominent horn section inspired by the music of American soul singer Otis Redding. Wayne Jacksonwho toured Album) Redding in the s, plays the horn on the track. Though the "Sledgehammer" video's ubiquity has bludgeoned the song, its parent album is a marvel Excellent albums followed, but the breathtaking So is the best introduction to a dazzling discography.
David Buckleya Kraftwerk biographer, wrote, "they were knocked back by how fantastic it sounded. They felt their record was puny sonically by comparison, even though it's a completely different genre of music".
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