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Old 01-12-2007, 09:35 AM   #1
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Which is better: Lamb Lies Down On Broadway or The Wall?

Both are double albums progressive in nature. Both tell a complex story and lead to groundbreaking tours. So which is better?

To me it is Lamb for its musical creativity and for superior lyrics on the part of Peter Gabriel. David Gilmour can’t compete with Tony Banks when it comes to creating mood and soundscapes. While both albums use instrumentals to advance the story, the ones on Lamb are far more creative than those on The Wall. Lyrically, Peter Gabriel is simply poetic. The people and locales are also more vivid on Lamb:

Rael stands astonished doubting his sight,
Struck by beauty, gripped in fright;
Three vermilion snakes of female face
The smallest motion, filled with grace.

Continually pacing,
With nonchalant embracing,
Each orifice disgracing
And one facing me moves to say "hellay".

So which do YOU think is better?
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Let me put it this way: I just got The Lamb Lies Down and haven't had a chance to actually play it yet, but I already know it's better than The Wall.

I really hate The Wall. I think it's PF's worst album by a mile. It should be marketed as an insomnia cure; the only songs that do not bore me to tears are Comfortably Numb and Hey You. I find it hard to believe that it followed the brilliance of Animals and WYWH.
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well , it's like to choose which child is favourite , but i'll go with lamb , cause it's still a band ( although Gabriel was almost out ) , no outsiders ,
the wall was done by Waters , Gilmour & Bob Ezrin in between , the band was done by then , the album , and the tour were terrific ( the wall live album is better then studio version )
in contrast , gabriel couldn't sing his vocals properly , cause of his masks , and before ( or maybe ) during the tour Peter told Tony Smith ( Genesis GM ) that he quit the band , feels like a divorce
and lamb is a bit more positive
However Comfortably Numb
Best song ever

or Carpet Crawlers ???

Both are great
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I adore the wall.
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There are probably a lot of people who haven't heard The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, so expect many to say The Wall.

I personally like The Wall a lot, but The Lamb is a musical experience that everyone should check out. The Carpet Crawlers is beautiful.

The only thing that Lamb suffers from is the production. It's difficult to hear Gabriel's vocals at times, and it makes for some frustrating listening.
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I have listened to both several times, and I unequivocally prefer The Wall. The soundscapes, Gilmour's guitar, and Waters' lyrics are extremely evocative, and the despondancy and pain are quite palpable throughout. On top of that, Comfortably Numb is, in my opinion, the crowning achievement of modern music. The Wall is certainly not Floyd's best album, and it is bombastic in places, but nonetheless it is brilliant.
Lamb loses points for me because, as much as I love Peter Gabriel, the concept is a fairly egregious rip-off of The Who's Quadrophenia, which was released either a year or two before Lamb and is leagues ahead in terms of quality. For me, the more interesting question is The Wall versus Quadrophenia.
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Lamb loses points for me because, as much as I love Peter Gabriel, the concept is a fairly egregious rip-off of The Who's Quadrophenia,
Uhh...you're going to have to explain that one.
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this is tough.....

but I am going to have to go with "The Wall"

Mother
Hey you
Comfortably Numb
In the flesh
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Quadrophenia.
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Uhh...you're going to have to explain that one.
Both are about eccentric, rebellious young men struggling to find their identity in a world that attempts to push conformity upon them at every turn. Only Quadrophenia concerns a Brighton Mod, and Lamb concerns a New York street punk. I must admit that my understanding of Lamb is superficial compared to Quadrophenia, so if anyone would like to critique this, I would be interested to hear it.
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Let me put it this way: I just got The Lamb Lies Down and haven't had a chance to actually play it yet, but I already know it's better than The Wall.

I really hate The Wall. I think it's PF's worst album by a mile. It should be marketed as an insomnia cure; the only songs that do not bore me to tears are Comfortably Numb and Hey You. I find it hard to believe that it followed the brilliance of Animals and WYWH.
A Momentary Lapse of Reason is my least favorite.

Sure it has Sorrow, but what else?

Nothing.

The Wall is poetry in motion.
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The worst Floyd album, far and away, is Ummagumma. It is the only one that somewhat embarrasses me. Atom Heart Mother is not terribly strong either. I read an interview with Waters once where he said that, even if offered 1 million pounds, he would not play the AHM suite on his tour.
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A Momentary Lapse of Reason is my least favorite.
Iiiiiiiiiii have always been here
Iiiiiiiiiii have always looked out from behind these eyes
Iiiiiiiiiii am in need of a good lyricist and an actual musical idea for this song

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The worst Floyd album, far and away, is Ummagumma.
What, you don't like Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict? That song's pretty avant-garde.
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A Momentary Lapse of Reason
My mistake, it's really "A Momentary Lapse of Talent."
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A Momentary Lapse Of Musical Direction
A Momentary Lapse Of Lyrical Ability
A Momentary Lapse Of Production Values

Oh, you can do so much with that album title. I will admit, though, that the intro to Sorrow was genius, and that it was worthy of God on PULSE.

But back on topic. I don't like Peter Gabriel, so my opinion is biased.
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