This is the sixth studio album by Genesis, it is a lengthy concept album telling the story of a young Pueto Rican graffiti artist and his 'bad trip' adventures to save his brother Rael in New York. Often cited along with Yes' Tales Of Topographic Oceans as being one of the greatest slabs of Prog Rock excess of all time, criticism like this (that measures music with a ruler) is good indication that the two albums were not compared and probably 'Lamb' was not listened to at all. This music is imaginative, tight, and certainly not given to the lengthy instrumental noodlings of its counterparts.
There's lots of interesting subversive notions squirrelled away in the lyrics which are never dull, and certainly don't rely on the mysticism and hocus pocus so common of the genre. Most of the music was written in Peter Gabriel's absence (by Messrs. Banks, Rutherford, Collins and, to a lesser extent, Hackett), but the story line was Gabriel's who wrote all the lyrics.
It was Peter Gabriel's last album with the band, and the friction that had grown that resulted in his departure may also be responsible for making this what many critics and fans feel was their best, if not most accessible, album.
1. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway 2. Fly On A Windshield 3. Broadway Melody Of 1974 4. Cuckoo Cocoon 5. In The Cage 6. The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging 7. Back In N.Y.C. 8. Hairless Heart9. Counting Out TIme 10. Carpet Crawlers 11. The Chamber Of 32 Doors
1. Lilywhite Lilith 2. The Waiting Room 3. Anyway 4. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthetist 5. The Lamia 6. Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats 7. The Colony Of Slippermen (The Arrival/A Visit To The Doktor/Raven) 8. Ravine 9. The Light Dies Down On Broadway 10. Riding The Scree 11. In The Rapids 12. It.
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