This is an album of 10 tracks divided into two parts:
– A clear, bright, rather pop first part, tinged with influences from groups like the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and many others. – A more obscure, dark and tortured second part in which we can hear the inspirations of bands like Opeth or Porcupine tree. Hence the name of this album: Clair Obscur.
Not being a singer, like Slash and his first album, each title is a collaboration with an artist that Gabriel appreciates. Thus, there are no less than 4 singers (each writing in the language of their choice) and 3 guitarists in the album. There is also a brass section, a string quartet and many other surprises.
The music is rock oriented, but not only. There is a large part left to Beatlesian pop, with a great use of backing vocals and acoustic instruments. A part is also nourished by more progressive influences.
Gabriel succeeded in developing his own universe. A universe rather provided, dense, which aims to make its listeners travel and transmit emotions to them.