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Graceland (album) by Paul Simon 

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Graceland
Graceland by Paul Simon (1986)
Overall rank: 127th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 984 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1986 (3rd)
Top 20 albums of the 1980s (17th)
Top 200 albums of all time (127th)

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Graceland is ranked as the best album by Paul Simon.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 984 votes)
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85/100
From jdenny2018 06/13/2018 16:32
Nothing earth-shatteringly fantastic, but still a very good album
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70/100
From Sandrof1969 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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From Ashmark 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 titansaurs28 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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From Brad1770 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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From mbartley 06/28/2017 22:39
ProperAfrican but in a good way
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From Tamthebam 01/31/2017 13:10
Timeless is the best way to describe this album in fact it was ahead of its time when released. The obvious influence of African rhythms and vocals brought a new sound to most well at least to me. I know world music existed but it took Paul Simon, a prominent musician, to bring it to peoples attention with this album & Rhythm of the Saints. The best tracks on this album are Under African Skies, Homeless, Graceland & You Can Call Me Al. The Boy in The Bubble is also worth a listen.
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100/100
From DeusExMackia 01/18/2017 16:11
Not just a wondrous fusion of South African and World music, but truly some of the best song writing ever. There's a certain magic to this album - I'm not exactly sure where it comes from, perhaps from Simon's voice, the gentle and bright sound of the album, or perhaps just the warmth that seems to emanate from every track on the album. If you ever need an album to accompany a summer's evening or set a chilled, laid back move, this is the album that'll do it.

I should spend some time covering just what an incredible achievement this album was back in its day - the fact that South African culture was being featured on an American release was quite something, and the exposure it gave to these artists and attention it brought to South African culture was huge. Not only is Graceland a excellent album musically, it's excellent for what it achieved.

You could, as I have, spend a long time analysing the many fascinating lyrics found throughout the album, but somehow, I don't think that's the point. This albums real power is the warmth of its sound and its incredible ability to relax you and captivate you. It elicits perhaps the most positive emotional response of any piece of music I've ever heard. Every song seems only to build and build on this feeling, and the result is a genuinely magical record.

Undoubtedly one of the best albums ever released, perhaps simply for its emotional power, but more so for its wonderful fusion of sounds, feelings and words.
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70/100
From exileonthehell 12/10/2016 04:44
Lately, I don't see many people talking this album.
But ... it's a good listen.
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From crimson 11/19/2016 01:23
I find this much more appealing than his work with Garfunkel.
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