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THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.28 | 2005 ratings

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Shakespeare
3 stars Genesis' style took a drastic change, here. On albums like Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot and Selling England, the style of course changed, but not as dramatically as this. They now sound a bit slicker, a bit darker, a bit funnier, a bit more experimental, and a lot weirder. If you're considering buying this album, don't buy it expecting an epic storyline. At times it is very interesting and engaging (Carpet Crawlers - 32 Doors, In the Rapids - It) but in generally, it is just a series of conceptual songs sewed messily together. It is hilarious and disturbing, as well.

The storyline is has defunct meaning. Its detached scenes are tied together by the album, but are essential 23 isolated stories. The story itself is quite unsatisfying, but the underlying meaning is extremely meaningful and interesting. The Gabe can be quoted for saying, "The Lamb [Lies Down On Broadway] is a hymn to the integral innocence of the human spirit meeting the bacon-slicer of a corruptive society." What this album about is good, innocent, moral people being corrupted and forced into sin by the world.

As for music, this album up to Genesis' standards, methinks. There is a lot of piano on this album, compared with previous albums (which is a good thing). Some songs (Title track, Carpet Crawlers, 32 Doors, Anyway, The Lamia, The Light Dows Down) are fantastic, well written songs. But, I find, there are too many short songs. A lot of these should have been combined into a few longer tracks. This would help to distinguish song from song. This would also help listeners become familiar with the album quicker. I got this album for Christmasand have been listening to it regularly since then, and I'm only fully able to rate it now, midway through January - that's a long time for me. The huge amount of songs on this album (23!) is very overwhelming.

So, even though it's not another Foxtrot or Selling England, not quite as epic, it's still excellent.

Shakespeare | 3/5 |

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