Monday, November 7, 2011

Top 10 Records: 5 & 6

C: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is the second album from Genesis in my top 10 because I couldn't live with just one. This was the final Genesis album Peter Gabriel participated in and, I think, their best.

C: A sharp contrast from Invisible Touch which was all catchy music and slick production value, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is every bit as complicated as its bizarre title might indicate. The album's lyrics spin the existential journey of Rael, a Puerto Rican thug living in New York City, who is sucked into a strange and threatening other-world populated by magical creatures and people from his memories.

C: By turns both poignant and ridiculous, the density of the album's music and mythology reward repeat listens, which is why this remains one of my favorite records.

C: Another favorite record of mine is Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillion. While I've always been a fan of their earlier works, this album is the one in which the band successfully merged their interesting experimental nature with the kind of catchiness inherent in the best pop.

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