Graceland (studio album) by Paul Simon

Graceland
Graceland by Paul Simon
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 134th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,151 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1986 (3rd)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1980s (17th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (134th)
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Graceland by Paul Simon (CD, Apr-1997, Warner Bros.)
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Paul Simon - Graceland (1986)
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Paul Simon - Graceland Tour Programme 1987
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.2/100, a mean average of 80.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.9.

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From 01/09/2020 05:09
A good argument can be made that Paul shouldn’t have made this record. At least not when he did, or in the manner in which he did, but...I’m glad he did because there are virtually no records that I enjoy listening to more than this one.
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95/100
From 05/03/2019 13:32
Waited for YEARS to buy this album, despite that everyone (critics and peers alike) told me how great it was. Sure, "...call me Al" was great - but I thought the album would be a little square, considering it was Paul Simon. Needless to say, I was dead wrong. Graceland is AMAZING! It grabs the listener from the opening and never lets go. There's nothing quite like it.
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80/100
From 04/06/2019 05:16
A very interesting album. I love the soft-pop/folk-fock sound mixed with African influences. Musically it sounds amazing.

But. I am not usually one to be bothered by lyrics. They are often wholly ignored by me, I make no effort to listen to them specifically aside from their musical qualities, oftentimes, unless they demand my attention. If they end up demanding my attention, such as with Bob Dylan, then they better be good (as they are with Bob Dylan). This album's lyrics grab my attention, but when they do it is often in the wrong way. "I Know What I Know" and "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes" are two that stand out as particularly clunky. His Bob Dylan emulating sing-talking is awkward and forced, to my ears, and the over-repetition of these basically silly-sounding phrases only makes it worse. I know this sounds like an odd opinion to hold, it seems that others really like his lyricism here. It feels like an odd opinion to me as well, but a few listens in and I can't shake it.

80/100 (Good)
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85/100
From 01/24/2019 16:14
By far, Simon's best single album. It is a classic to be ranked among the best albums ever produced. Paul Simon always seems to surround himself with excellent musicians. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Graceland.
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From 06/13/2018 16:32
Nothing earth-shatteringly fantastic, but still a very good album
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70/100
From 02/18/2018 09:39
Il Paul Simon di "Graceland" rischiava di essere uno dei tanti affascinati dal lato esotico dell'Africa ed invece realizza un disco piacevole e che, pur non essendo propriamente di musica africana, dell'Africa omaggia la cultura con devozione e rispetto.
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80/100
From 02/14/2018 01:43
This is a great album musically. It is my favourite Paul Simon album.
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95/100
From 01/17/2018 00:26
Paul Simon's time in south africa left him changed and the world with a beautiful album with a Zulu influence.
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90/100
From 12/08/2017 11:33
Masterpiece pure and simple. I never tire of this incredible album having listened to it hundreds ( is it 1000’s ? ) of times . I fell in love with this album the year it came out, that same year life was perfect for me as I was young in a great place with great friends having a great time with no commitments stress or inhabititions .Listening to Graceland always takes me back to that magic time in my life .
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80/100
From 06/28/2017 22:39
ProperAfrican but in a good way
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Best Albums of 1986
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
3. Graceland by Paul Simon
4. So by Peter Gabriel
5. Skylarking by XTC
6. The Colour Of Spring by Talk Talk
7. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
8. Reign In Blood by Slayer
9. Lifes Rich Pageant by R.E.M.
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