Friday, March 22, 2013

#424: Peter Gabriel-In Your Eyes (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "In Your Eyes"
Artist: Peter Gabriel
Release Date: September, 1986
From the Album: So (1986)

Quick Take: To anyone who attended high school in the '80s, the first image that comes to mind upon hearing Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is the sight of John Cusack hoisting a boombox over his head in Cameron Crowe's film Say Anything, one of the most iconic film images of the decade. Even before that 1989 film, however, "In Your Eyes" was already a classic, the finest pure love song Gabriel had ever written and one of his best songs. Epic without sounding self-important, "In Your Eyes" marries a simply ravishing, possibly Debussy-influenced piano melody to an African-derived bass and percussion track, a simple but effective cross-cultural connection that's intensified during the extended coda, which introduced Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour to a much wider western audience through a spellbinding vocal showcase that blends perfectly with the chants that develop slowly underneath it. It's a truly remarkable two minutes, a highlight not only of the album, but of Gabriel's entire career.

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