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THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.28 | 2003 ratings

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jrfernan
3 stars (3 stars relative to the better Genesis recordings)

I'm as big a Genesis fan as there is on this earth, but I'm not FANATICAL. I'm not blinded by the double CD packaging or that Genesis is the artist. That being said, this is my least favorite recording from the Genesis Gabriel era.

As some have already noted, Gabriel's vocals are all over the place, appearing WAY TOO FREQUENTLY and some times with the most distorted and ugly pitch one can imagine. Some may call it art, but I call it bad singing. This is not to say that there aren't good vocals on this recording, because there are. But the bad parts are embarrassingly bad. Reminiscent of nails running down a black board. To the point where some songs are flat- out impossible to listen to! I find myself skipping pieces because they are torturous to my ears. That is the case with NO other Genesis recording; or very few recordings in general!

The recording suffers from "Gabrielitis" . The man has chocked the life out of the music. The recording doesn't breath, there is no room for the instrumentalists to make a significant statement. Whenever anything interesting is being developed, here goes PG again, screaming and screeching!

If one listens carefully, the backing music is very interesting and symphonic in nature. I wish there was an instrumental rendition of this recording. I think it'd be more enjoyable.

This is probably Gabriel's worst effort while with Genesis and possibly one of the weakest efforts of his illustrious career. I have all of his solo stuff and have seen him solo in concert and I believe I have a good frame of reference to say that this is him bottoming out.

However, this record seems to be in the top ten on this site among the all-time best prog recordings. IMO, The Lamb is the last record I'd recommend from the PG/Genesis era.

jrfernan | 3/5 |

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