Graceland (studio album) by Paul Simon

Graceland by Paul Simon
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 130th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,210 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1986 (3rd)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1980s (16th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (130th)
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81/100 (from 1,210 votes)
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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 81.0/100, a mean average of 79.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.

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85/100
From 04/29/2021 06:44
Lyrically abstract, and the fusion of African-beat and folk rock is a nice touch. Paul Simon sets an optimist worldbeat album that opens boundaries. Nothing quite like it. The melody is so wonderful.
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95/100
From 04/28/2021 14:27
This was my dad's favorite album, and the first time I listened to it, I understood why.
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From 04/15/2021 18:39
Fusion of apartheid era South African music with some of Simon’s best lyrics. There is a sense of cultural intercourse/shock throughout the album and the result is truly something special from start to finish.
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From 12/28/2020 18:33
Camadas e mais camadas de ritmos e sons, alta qualidade.
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From 12/04/2020 21:13
I like diamonds on the soles of her shoes and the rest is really good
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From 11/03/2020 13:19
None of my favorite Paul Simon songs are on this album, yet it's still a great listen.
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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.

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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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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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13. Parade by Prince And The Revolution
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