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THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.28 | 2057 ratings

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convocation
5 stars The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is the finest work Genesis ever produced under the leadership of Peter Gabriel. This is a vivid fantasy story of a street kid from New York City as seen through the eyes of young Englishmen busy breaking musical barriers at each studio session. The time is the late 1960's and early 70's. Overall, this is a tougher town than the NYC of today; so one would expect the music to deal with some darker and richer themes. The music and lyrics here have never been better; take the time to read them. It is important to note that these comments do not cast shadows on the earlier Genesis material, "From Genesis to Revelations" aside. The two following albums by Genesis are fine works, but are not to be compared here; these are projects under distinctly different leadership.

This album is a masterpiece of landmark proportions in progressive rock history; still, it is fresh and alive and accessible to any progressive rocker who approaches it with their biases held in reserve. It is a significant break with past recordings for a reason: growth. It should be made clear though that ".Lamb Lies Down." does not loose individual stylistic continuity. The truly great collaborations always seek to be in a state of growth. There are three logical outcomes that avoid composing in the same mold over and over: a conscious effort by all to continue to explore new musical ideas, a change of personnel, or dissolution. Albeit with the benefit of hindsight, this was as far a Gabriel could lead the band. Peter's departure marked the beginning of an equally defining enterprise for progressive rock with his solo work.

convocation | 5/5 |

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