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4.30 | 2966 ratings

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2 stars A vastly overlong monotonous Peter Gabriel monologue. I'm not surprised Gabriel left after this. The rest of the band must have been sick to the back teeth of him dominating proceedings for the 94 minute duration of this double album.

Gone is the playfulness and Englishness of 'Selling England...' - this is 'vocal heavy' from the outset and really doesn't let up until the end.

I'm afraid I find 'The Lamb' extremely tedious and the cryptic lyrics don't really improve matters either. There's no frame of reference, no story, so it's hard to remain involved, especially over such a lengthy recording. Some bloke named "Rael' descending into the New York subway in an attempt to rescue his brother John and subsequently meeting strange creatures just ain't good enough. All future talk of 'Split personalities' as a way of explaining this album simply don't wash. It's pants. Pure and simple.

Now, if I was Peter Gabriel I'd be trying to sue Fish of Marillion into a black hole in space! I've never heard such blatant faced plagiarism in my life! At many points you could be excused for mistaking this for 'Script for a Jesters Tear' from '83.

On the plus side, the double tracking of Gabriel's vocals are occasionally interesting and there's one or two good instrumental keyboard parts around the three quarters mark (by which point I was too weary to take note of the track in question).

Anyone who thought Roger Waters had an all encompassing domination of Floyd ought to listen to this to truly discover the horrifying consequences of what dictatorial power in a band can wrought.

Dobermensch | 2/5 |


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