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THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

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Jordi Planas
5 stars THE MAGIC LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY

Not everybody can succeed making a double album. In fact, very few bands or artists have really achieved a truly masterpiece as Genesis did with "The Lamb". Yes, every album from "Trespass" until "Wind & Wuthering" is really great, but with "The Lamb" they took a different path. It has a darker sound (and really obscure lyrics, as the whole concept is), very different to any other album made by the band, before or after. Peter Gabriel even once said that their previous efforts were more "feminine" and "The Lamb" was more "masculine". Genesis had done some heavy stuff before ("The Knife", for instance), but here you can sense this hard edge more prominently and with a more dense production ("In the Cage", "Back in NYC"), probably the reflection of the inner tension that was growing within the band. The pastoral passages with 12 acoustic guitars that were so important in the classic sound of the band are almost gone here, but there is some space for melancholic moments ("Cuckoo Cocoon", "The Carpet Crawlers", "Anyway", "In the Rapids"). In a way, Peter Gabriel used some of the hard sound from this record in his two first solo albums, but it's symptomatic that after The Lamb Genesis recovered the softer influences from before, maybe because they weren't really happy with this album. Anyway, "The Lamb" stands as one of the most inspired rock records of all time, with dozens of brilliant details that are only revealed after listening to the album several times. And the show they offered in that tour (as could be seen recently thanks to the great job made by the clone band The Musical Box) was really hypnotic, magnetic, different, awesome. Just like the record. JORDI PLANAS

Jordi Planas | 5/5 |

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