--> "''The place where I come from is a small town\\
They think so small, they use small words\\
But not me; I'm smarter than that\\
I've worked it out\\
I'll be stretching my mouth to make those big words come right out''"

'''''So''''' is the fifth studio album by singer-songwriter Music/PeterGabriel, released in May of 1986. It has become his most successful album commercially, and it also fared well critically, appearing on the ''Magazine/RollingStone'''s "Top 100 Albums of the Eighties" list, taking the number 14 spot. The album is considered to be Gabriel's MagnumOpus. A documentary about the creative process behind the making of this album can be seen in the ''Series/ClassicAlbums'' TV documentary series.

The album was listed at #187 in ''Rolling Stone''[='=]s [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums of All Time]].


[[folder: Side One ]]

# "Red Rain" (5:39)
# "Sledgehammer" (5:12)
# "Don't Give Up" (feat. Music/KateBush) (6:33)
# "That Voice Again" (4:53)


[[folder: Side Two ]]

# "In Your Eyes" (5:27)
# "Mercy Street" (6:22)
# "Big Time" (4:28)
# "We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)" (3:22)
# "This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)" (feat. Music/LaurieAnderson) (4:25) (CD bonus track)
!! This Is The List (Excellent Tropes):
* AlliterativeTitle: "'''R'''ed '''R'''ain"
* AndStarring: Music/KateBush sings along during "Don't Give Up".
* BookEnds: The video for "Big Time" both begins and ends with Gabriel, with a FakeAmerican accent, saying "Hi there!". The song itself just has that part in the intro.
* BrokenRecord: "Big Time" has the word "big" repeated ad finitum near the end.
* DownerEnding: "In Your Eyes" was written to win back a woman Peter lost -- it didn't work. ([[Film/SayAnything It did, however, work for Lloyd]].)
* EpicRocking: "Red Rain".
* FaceOnTheCover: Gabriel's face in close-up.
* GodIsLoveSong: "In Your Eyes" is sometimes mentioned by Peter as being this; he deliberately wrote the lyrics so that it could be interpreted either as one of these songs or as a romantic song.
* HeroicBSOD: "Don't Give Up" is about a man driven to suicidal depression after becoming unemployed.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Sledgehammer".
--> ''Oh let me be your sledgehammer''
--> ''This will be my testimony''
--> ''Show me round your fruitcage''
--> ''Cause I will be your honey bee''
--> ''Open up your fruitcage''
--> ''Where the fruit is as sweet as can be''
* LimitedLyricsSong: "We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)".
* LyricalColdOpen: "Big Time".
* MinimalisticCoverArt: The vinyl covers (except the 25th anniversary version cover) only feature the photo of Gabriel, without text. The other formats are aversions of this.
* MoneySong / IWantSong: Again, "Big Time".
* NewSoundAlbum: Compared to his previous albums.
* OneWordTitle: "So" and "Sledgehammer".
* RearrangeTheSong: "This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)" is an alternate version of Music/LaurieAnderson's own song "Excellent Birds" (on which Gabriel provided backing vocals).
* {{Retraux}}: "Sledgehammer", according to Gabriel, was written as a throwback to soul music from TheSixties.
* SmallTownBoredom: As shown in the quote on top of the page, it's heavily implied that the narrator of "Big Time" feels this way.
* SpecialGuest: Music/KateBush on "Don't Give Up", Youssou N'Dour on "In Your Eyes", and Music/LaurieAnderson on "This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)".
* UnusualEuphemism: The title of "Sledgehammer" refers to Gabriel's "''[[LampshadedDoubleEntendre sledgehammer]]''", and the lyrics are littered with other such euphemisms.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: "Milgram's 37", [[AsYouKnow as those who pay attention to psychologists know]], is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Stanley Milgram's subjects in his shock experiments]], and "Mercy Street" is about/InspiredBy the works of the late poet Creator/AnneSexton, who wrote the source of the song's title - ''45 Mercy Street''.

--> "''[[TheStinger Anne with her father is out in the boat\\
Riding the water, riding the waves\\
On the sea]]''"