Tracklisting:

1. Red Rain
2. Sledgehammer
3. Don't Give Up
4. That Voice Again
5. In Your Eyes
6. Mercy Street
7. Big Time
8. We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)
9. This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)

Singles from So:

So (1986)

So was one of the biggest selling albums of 1986, and the record that made Peter Gabriel a household name. Gone are the dark, mysterious tones of his earlier work, replaced by a fresh sound and style of solid rock/pop and one of Gabriel's finest vocal performances.

The first single from the album, "Sledgehammer" was a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic, with its groundbreaking video of pioneering stop-motion plasticine animation. The song was built out of a funk rhythm with a catchy brass section. Over the top were Gabriel’s bluesy vocals and memorable lyrics. In short, "Sledgehammer" comprised everything needed for the perfect classic pop single – and that’s indeed what it was, winning a staggering 26 awards.

As well as the the ironically ego-boosting "Big Time", So includes the top 10 hit  "Don’t Give Up", an emotional and moving duet with Kate Bush, a song which many people can relate to. "In Your Eyes", is a love song with beautiful rhythm and worldly feel. This became another live favourite and was Gabriel’s first collaboration with Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour. The emotive and atmospheric "Mercy Street", was written in homage to poet Anne Sexton – it parodies her poem of the same name, and stands out as one of the album's most atmospheric and distinctive tracks. The dramatic and cinematic opening track, "Red Rain", remains a Gabriel classic, and was inspired by a dream of swimming in a sea of red.

"That Voice Again" sounds like a long lost classic, and the closing number, "This Is the Picture" – is a new take on 1985's collaboration with Laurie Anderson, "Excellent Birds". However the album's most unusual and unsettling moment comes with "We Do What We're Told", a song originally planned for Gabriel's third album, that deals with controversial subject of Stanley Milgram's mind experiments that involved shocking patients with up to 450 volts of electricity.

For the cover of So, Peter discarded the scratch marks, melting, distortion and make-up that he had hidden behind on previous covers, instead opting for a simple, flattering black and white photograph.

With So, Gabriel took a more honest and direct approach to his songwriting, resulting in a commercially appealing album. But despite So's easy accessibility, it still maintains the integrity of a true Peter Gabriel album, as well as being a timelsss classic and Gabriel's most successful and celebrated work to date.