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Grateful for your insights on this one Steve, as I've been loving it for a couple weeks now. Your application of the word "lament" pulls together everything I've been feeling and thinking.

John "Napoleon in rags" T.

What? No drums or guitars?!! Can it still be called music? ;-)
I loved "Trespass" (esp Visons of Angels) and really liked "So" but I respected rather than enthused on his output in between or since. Would have loved to see the theatrics of a live early Genesis show. We need more theatrics in our attempts at communication, especially about things that are important. Lady GaGa seems to understand this, but maybe lacks the depth to go along with it - too much wrapping, not enough content?
Maybe I'll give this a go (even if it won't be the focus of a live tour or come with a free powder wig).

John "Napoleon in rags" T.

PS Are those 2 rose petals or 2 red blood cells rubbing back to back? What strange symbolism is this? What does it all mean? Is it all in the interpretation? Or is it just a pretty picture?....

Paul Hutchinson


Okay - I hadn't realised you were ambivalent about Mr Gabriel's talents up to now, Steve!

As far as I'm concerned, the man could sing excerpts from the phone book, and make me emotional listening to it. I love the sense of mystery he draws you into with his music - there's this magical other-worldliness about so much of his material.

Essential listening would be for theo-musicologists would be his "US" album from 1992 - the album is an exploration of brokenness and redemption in human relationships, typified in "Washing of the Water" and "Blood of Eden" (a regular live staple, which he introduces to audiences as an exploration of the Garden of Eden story).

Paul Hutchinson

For a feast of the kind of visual stimulation that John T has referred to, track down a video copy of the wonderful "Secret World Live". This used to be regular Sunday afternoon viewing for me as audio-visual therapy :-) Beginning with Peter in a phone box singing "Come Talk To Me" down the phone to Paula Cole, and ending with the celebratory "In Your Eyes" joined on stage by Papa Wemba, (with several curious visual detours along the way - e.g. exiting the stage by packing the entire band into a suitcase, just before being abducted by an alien mothership!) I always thought it seemed to share some similarities with the whole "Zoo TV" thing, which was round the same time (albeit without the huge quantities of irony in U2's version).

"Scratch My Back" has now been ordered - thanks for jogging my attention on it, Steve...


Hey Steve, managed to get to the London 02 concert, amazing and disturbing at the same time... have written up a review if you get a moment to peruse which mentions your post here:


Best, PB

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