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Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.29 | 2732 ratings

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5 stars Ah, at last. I've finally replaced the old vinyl copy and can listen to this again.

I appreciate the comments from other reviewers about the different sound. It certainly has a harder edge but the old Genesis magic is still there with the 12 strings etc. I also recognise the criticisms of some tracks as fillers to allow Gabriel to do costume changes in the live show but to me these are minor distractions. What's more, with the CD player I can skip "The Waiting Room" entirely. I'll concede that that is a weak moment, an accurate audio depiction of the relevant section of the accompanying story, but not a great musical treat.

I'm not entirely convinced about the overriding Gabriel influence either. Some of Tony Banks' best work is on this album, not least on the magnificent opening to the album. Sounds like a pretty collaborative effort to me.

Anyway for me this was the pinnacle of Genesis. The heavier sound works completely for me. It's a small but important step change from the logical progression of Trespass->Nursery Cryme->Foxtrot->Selling England (all of which I have and still love). And for me it's one of prog's defining albums so no hesitation in giving it the full five stars

zedkatz | 5/5 |


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