Rob Brunner
July 12, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Birdy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
120 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/31/84
performer
Nicolas Cage, Matthew Modine
director
Alan Parker
distributor
TriStar Pictures
genre
Drama, War

We gave it an A

It may seem like a tortuous journey from costumed prog oddity to refined pop elder statesman, but listening to these spiffy reissues back-to-back reveals a surprisingly logical progression. From the unfocused 1977 eponymous debut (song you know: ”Solsbury Hill”) to the identically titled mid-period highlight third album (songs you know: ”Games Without Frontiers,” ”Biko”) and 1986’s promise fulfiller, So (songs you know: most of ’em), Gabriel sharpens his writing and expands his sonic scope. Atmospheric soundtracks Birdy and Passion nicely round out the collection.

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