Real World Records
Release date
22 Oct 2012
Running length
25 tracks
Running time


Everyone’s tags

More tags


    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Red Rain 5:40 132,041
2 Sledgehammer 5:13 249,014
3 Don't Give Up 6:30 157,277
4 That Voice Again 4:49 49,417
5 Mercy Street 6:18 105,641
6 Big Time 4:25 124,568
7 We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37) 3:21 33,141
8 This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds) 4:24 34,274
9 In Your Eyes 5:28 185,906
1 This Is The Picture (Live) 5:58 128
2 San Jacinto (Live) 6:29 1,612
3 Shock The Monkey (Live) 5:49 848
4 Family Snapshot (Live) 4:25 810
5 Intruder (Live) 4:44 1,047
6 Games Without Frontiers (Live) 5:30 745
7 No Self Control (Live) 6:16 552
8 Mercy Street (Live) 9:16 723
9 The Family And The Fishing Net (Live) 7:38 625
1 Don't Give Up (Live) 8:17 1,514
2 Solsbury Hill (Live) 5:11 3,089
3 Lay Your Hands On Me (Live) 6:15 142
4 Sledgehammer (Live) 5:01 1,713
5 Here Comes The Flood (Live) 2:48 248
6 In Your Eyes (Live) 12:36 2,426
7 Biko (Live) 12:24 1,906

About this album

So is the fifth studio album (and seventh album overall) by British rock musician Peter Gabriel, released in 1986. Many of its songs reflect a more conventional pop-writing style and became radio hits, others still retain Gabriel’s dark, brooding sense of experimentalism.

It is Peter Gabriel’s second album produced by Canadian artist Daniel Lanois. The previous year, the two of them had worked together on Birdy. Lanois had been previously known for his ambient collaborations with Brian Eno as well as producing U2 since 1984. As he had with the soundtrack to the film Birdy, Lanois brought many of his own ambient sensibilities to this recording.

The album begins with an emotionally charged piece titled “Red Rain”. Inspired by a recurring dream which Gabriel had of swimming in a sea of red water, its lyrics vividly depict dream imagery that reflect a sense of vulnerability. The song is one of the works in the story of Mozo, a wandering stranger who appears in several Gabriel songs. Of all the tracks on the album, Gabriel considers “Red Rain” one of his favourites. Other Mozo works include “On the Air” and “Exposure”.

The second track is Peter Gabriel’s most popular single, “Sledgehammer”. “Sledgehammer” is an upbeat piece with strong Motown influences, and a world music touch from its famous use of the shakuhachi. This song also shows Tony Levin’s abilities on the bass. The video for “Sledgehammer” won MTV’s 1987 Top Music Video Award.

Other releases

Listening Trend

286,766listeners all time
2,347,774scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more


Leave a comment. Log in to or sign up.
  • tigerwolf1

    Such a fantastic album. A true highlight of the 1980's.

    13 Jan 4:12pm Reply
  • Ksimi

    Gabriel > Collins. Gabriel < Collins. Gabriel = Collins. Stop comparing guys, relax and enjoy both. And oh yes 'So' does stand out.

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • mikonxms

    One of the best albums ever

    6 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Freddie1994

    Masterpiece, one of the best albums of the 80s and the best of Gabriel along with Peter Gabriel III

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • fabduchi

    Un gran disco! De los mejores que escuchado estos ultimos años!

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Supertransonic

    "..He sold out. Probably got jealous of Phil Collins success.." --> Bitch please! Your tampon needs replacement!

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Akayz7

    24bit remaster is INSANELY good sounding. Woops the vinyl's ass.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Ulubione88

    świetna muza ;)

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Ghost_Buster

    Gabriel > Collins. "He sold out. Probably got jealous of Phil Collins success." Seriously? Clearly you haven't heard We Do What We're Told and This Is The Picture.

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    v lol Security is just as poppy as So.

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • iron345

    A real disappointment after IV. He sold out. Probably got jealous of Phil Collins success.

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • roldki

    vv Nope, my opinion hasn't changed. It's still bad.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • roldki

    It's a decent album, but I don't get why everyone thinks it's so great. Maybe I need to give it another listen...

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Ksimi

    One of the best production efforts around

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • Assedor

    The question is not who is better. The fact that it is GREAT!!!

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • kroshe

    one of my favorite albums of all time..

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    Basically this is Gabriel beating Collins at his own game.

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Regenjunge

    the whole album is full of energy and power, i loved it in my socialworktime

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • reagan0

    I could listen that voice forever... [2] Hard to believe this album is a quarter century old! It still sounds so fresh. If only I could age as gracefully....

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • jo8196


    18 Jul 2011 Reply
  • All 61 shouts