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THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.30 | 2878 ratings

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strayfromatlantis
5 stars >I'll get my money back from the bookstore right away<.

Has anyone come across more funny lyrics in the world of prog music than the one from COUNTING OUT TIME? Zappa is a contender - but who else?

One of the many masterpieces by Genesis from the first half of the seventies, to me THE masterpiece. When I listened to it the first time 23 years ago I was at once absorbed by the music as well by the lyrics. So my experience of the album differs from what other reviewers are able to report. Now with TLLDOB we have an interesting story going on over four vinyl sides, a masterful vocalist and lyricist - Gabriel's pronunciation and articulation is a thrill itself - and inventive music in a great variety. Yes, they abandoned the long tracks almost totally (the longest clocking in at 8:15 minutes), yes, they sound more >modern< - and yet a non-progger will have trouble with the music.

The first disc (CD and vinyl) is without fail - the highlight being CARPET CRAWLERS, of course. Here Gabriel does some masterly vocals again (just compare the horrible would-be vocals Mr Collins administered to it on the live album Seconds Out).

The second disc can't fully keep up the high level of disc 1. There are a few fillers here, but even those are above average. Other bands would be proud of them. And then we have THE LAMIA - one of the best tracks they ever did, if not the very best.

This is the peak IMHO - the masterful blueprint of any concept album, unsurpassed to this day.

Highly recommended - 5 stars.

strayfromatlantis | 5/5 |

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