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Peter Gabriel: Back To Front review

That Sledgehammer has done him well

“We were early pioneers... of dad-dancing,” deadpans Peter Gabriel halfway through this 2013 concert movie.

The former Genesis frontman pioneered high-concept gigs and forward-thinking pop, too, as shown by the ambulant lighting rigs and colour-coded staging – shot in eye-jabbing 4K – as he segues from a monochrome ‘greatest hits’ set to a colour revisit of his fifth studio album, 1986’s So .

‘Don’t Give Up’ and ‘Sledgehammer’ have aged well – even Gabriel’s MTV mainstays flaunt heady amounts of heart and off-kilter art.

The talking-heads inserts distract but the end result is a fresh nostalgia trip and – thanks to those pioneering dad-dancing moves – a winning arena-show snapshot.

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Kevin Harley

Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.