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After three eponymous discs noteworthy for their thematic richness and musical experimentation, Peter Gabriel yielded to conventional wisdom by actually titling this 1982 successor. In every other respect, however, Securit... more »
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After three eponymous discs noteworthy for their thematic richness and musical experimentation, Peter Gabriel yielded to conventional wisdom by actually titling this 1982 successor. In every other respect, however, Security was another stride beyond the progressive rock terrain Gabriel had explored from Genesis forward. Most crucially, he goes deeper into the heart of world music, and further investigates the African sources first invoked on the prior album's magisterial track, "Biko." Security is steeped in polyrhythms, sculpted with synthesizers, and detailed with percussive textures set to a low boil beneath Gabriel's yearning vocals. Its themes of transcendence and identity, and contrasts of modern isolation with primordial community, reverberate through "Lay Your Hands On Me," "I Have the Touch," "The Rhythm of the Heat," and "San Jacinto." And in "Shock the Monkey," the set's initial hit, Gabriel portentously stands dance rhythms on their head in a troubling, funny riff on the mammal within. --Sam Sutherland
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An amazing auditory and emotional experience
R. Anderle | Chicago, IL | 07/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most of Peter Gabriel's records following "2/Scratch" are concept records based on a theme. "3/Melt" was essentially about mental illness in various expressions; "Up" is about grief, loss, and death; "Us," about his divorce and the complexities of relationships. "Security" seems primarily to be about the interplay of human rituals and instincts, religious belief and spirituality, and cultural identity. We have joyful visions of that interplay, as with the ecstatic take on courtship that is "Kiss of Life," and disturbing ones, as with "Wallflower," the hauntingly majestic ode of hope for a political prisoner, imprisoned for questioning that interplay in the status quo lives of the "builders of the cages." There may be no more poignant a moment in modern pop music than when Gabriel pleads to the prisoner, "Hold on...hold on..." And there are also visions of everything from the primordial spiritual power of rhythm and dance (Rhythm of the Heat), to the epic tragedy of the destruction of a culture (San Jacinto), to the need for wholeness and healing found only in the power of human touch and relationship (I Have the Touch, Lay Your Hands on Me), to the havoc wreaked by the primitive urges and drives within us (Shock the Monkey was about dealing with jealousy, according to Gabriel).
But let's talk about the sheer auditory power of the music. Other reviewers have described it better here, but folks...this is an incredible sonic ride. Gabriel delights in both subtle and powerful play with African-inspired rhythms throughout the record. The drum/percussion climaxes on "Rhythm..." and "Lay Your Hands...," will absolutely blow your mind and leave you breathless. "Security" is experienced more than heard. Nowhere else in Gabriel's catalog (or that of most other modern rock performers) is the artist able to manipulate the listener's emotions and intellect to tell his stories as powerfully as he does on this record. Most of the songs may sound more experimental for mainstream pop listeners, in terms of the instrumentation and rhythms, but Gabriel more than makes up for it with the power and beauty of his arrangements and melodies. One of his best records."
The Power in Lyrics
Mr. Richard D. Coreno | Berea, Ohio USA | 12/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In Peter Gabriel's fourth album - his first with Geffen Records (in North America) - had a unique intensity due to the lyrics and subject matter.
Utilizing cutting-edge technology - it was a full digital recording - the eight tracks, clocking 45:27, find Gabriel attacking such issues like the abuse of political prisoners in Latin America (Wallflower), trust and the healing of the soul (Lay Your Hands on Me) and the comparison of a modern wedding to the rituals of a vaudou bokor (The Family and the Fishing Net).
The third single - Shock the Monkey - reached number one on the 1982 Billboard Mainstream Rock single's chart, after the minimal success of I Have the Touch (#46) and Kiss of Life (#34). A particularly powerful and sad song is San Jacinto; it describes a Native American watching his culture being destroyed by invaders.
Gabriel created a powerful message that continues to resonate today through his understanding that along with love comes greed and shadowing peace is a hatred that can pollute the soul of entire societies."