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--> "''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 ''Rolling Stone'''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.
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!!Tracklist:
# "Red Rain" - 5:39
# "Sledgehammer" - 5:12
# "Don't Give Up" (feat. Music/KateBush) - 6:33
# "That Voice Again" - 4:53
# "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)
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!! This are the Tropes (Excellent Tropes):
* 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.
* 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.
* HeroicBSOD: "Don't Give Up" is about a man driven to suicidal depression after becoming unemployed.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Sledgehammer".
* LyricalColdOpen: "Big Time".
* LyricalDissonance: "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".
* UnusualEuphemism: "Sledgehammer" is about Gabriel's "''[[LampshadedDoubleEntendre sledgehammer]]''".
* ViewersAreGeniuses: "Milgram's 37", [[AsYouKnow as those who pay attention to psychologists know]], is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Stanley Milgram's subjects in his shock experiments]], "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''.

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

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