Peter Gabriel 3: Melt Original recording remastered
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Gabriel explores many themes on this album, from people who enjoy breaking into homes ("Intruder") to people who need attention and go to extremes to get it ("Family Snapshot") to the relationship between sex and war ("Games Without Frontiers") to alienation ("Not One of Us") to the final political protest song against apartheid ("Biko"). Pop albums (if you can call this a pop album) rarely if ever explore such territory with such depth. The music backs up the lyrics to a degree that's almost mesmerizing.
Gabriel had come a long way from Genesis by the time this album was released. Just listen to "Trespass" (from 10 years before this album) or "Selling England By the Pound" (from half a decade or so before this album) to see how Gabriel expanded his depth for music and lyrics. It's hard to believe that the same guy singing "No Self-Control" once roamed around on stage dressed as a bat or a giant flower. In retrospect Gabriel's departure from Genesis may have been the best move of his career. It's hard to imagine Genesis going in the direction Gabriel went in, considering where they ended up (somewhere on the opposite side of the spectrum).
A host of great performers contributed instruments or vocals, which can be heard on every note. Robert Fripp returns as a guitarist (he would never again produce Gabriel), Kate Bush sings backup, David Gregory (formerly of XTC) contributes guitar, and even Phil Collins plays drums. The names go on and on (including Tony Levin and David Rhodes, who became staples).Read more ›
This third "Peter Gabriel" disc (a.k.a. "Melt") could have been titled "Sociology". There is no "Sledgehammer" here. No "In Your Eyes". No "Steam". The closest thing to a hit here is "Games Without Frontiers", which was edited and issued as a moderate-charting single. What you get instead is an aural look at the world around us - a piece of art that will sometimes send a chill down the spine, sometimes bring a lump to the throat, always leave you thinking.
The songs on "Melt" deal with man's inhumanity to man, both on a global scale and one-on-one. Gabriel's approach is primarily first person, bringing us closer to each narrator in these tracks. Just as he used to mask himself in fox heads and what-not during his long-ago Genesis days to take on another persona, so he does in his songs - often to chilling effect.
The disc opens with "Intruder", Phil Collins' hypnotic thump setting the tone as Gabriel creepily takes on the role of house intruder - less a thief, more psychopathic.
"Family Snapshot" puts us inside the mind of an assassin, in the final seconds before he pulls the trigger. A standout track on this album (and every track on this album stands out).
Xenophobic hatred and paranoia is the subject of much of this release. "And Through The Wire", "Not One Of Us", and the UK hit "I Don't Remember" all conjure mental images of unfriendly border crossings and nationalistic distrust and hate. "Games Without Frontier" makes the simple point that if looks really could kill, someone would surely use it as a weapon. Children playing war games with real weapons.Read more ›
The opening song, Intruder, makes it clear that we're entering a dark world. In true Peter Gabriel fashion, it's a bizarre opener, albeit a bit darker than what we're used to. But still, Gabriel uses his powers of composition to make it delightful, in a sick way. The disjointed, yet solid melody, coupled with Gabriel's treatment of the lyrics (muttering one moment, crying out the next, with just the right amount of feedback to give his voice a more shadowy quality) reel the listener in. One almost gets a sense that Gabriel has assumed the role of the stalker almost too well. It's enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck, and yet, it's artistic enough to grab your attention. It's not the last time Gabriel sings in the first person.Read more ›
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Great classic album. Get to know Peter Gabriel before the world did.Published 1 month ago by Scott Hall
Peter Gabriel 3 is just about as perfect as an album could be.Published 6 months ago by Paul W. Duet
Melt by Peter Gabriel Remastered (but what is listed to be Melt by Peter Gabriel 3) contains a blend of 80’s synth-pop and hints of world music with the somber but musically... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stella Carrier
Disappointed in this CD. First solo album had flashes of brilliance. This CD, not so much.Published 10 months ago by Victor A. Mullins
Good for what I expected. Also went on to buy the CD Shaking the Tree, which I really like!Published 11 months ago by MtnDave
Excellent. Not as commercially appealing as So but also represents a creative peak for PG.Published 13 months ago by Timothy M. Watson
I recently purchased this CD as a replacement for the vinyl LP version that I had purchased new upon its original release back in 1980. It was a breakout LP for Peter Gabriel . Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert A. Clocker