Graceland (studio album) by Paul Simon

Graceland by Paul Simon
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 128th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 1,252 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 (128th)
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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 81.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.9.

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From 06/29/2022 18:33
Bouncy, Bubbly, Beautiful
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From 03/16/2022 18:36
Lyrically, this album covers faith, love, loss (and lost love), race, celebrity, technology, and aging.

Musically, we hear rock, folk, jazz, blues, and traditional African influences.

In other words, I know of no record that better captures the modern American experience. A classic from the moment it was released.
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From 02/09/2022 08:38
A classic Simon, a reboot for his career, clearly
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From 01/29/2022 03:29
82.27

Hermosa fusión entre música occidental y un folk que viene desde Sudáfrica. Muy acertadas algunas canciones. Ninguna me ha parecido una obra maestra pero es de valorar lo de Paul Simon en este album. Algunas partes a capella le quedan interesantísimas y esa decisión de inmortalizar la cultura zulu en Graceland le ha quedado precioso. No es necesario que sea uno de tus discos favoritos, pero es uno que definitivamente tienes que escuchar al menos una vez en tu vida.
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From 01/24/2022 09:47
Gran disco de Simon, pero creo que en los 70 tiene algunos incluso mejores.
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From 12/03/2021 00:24
I really need to listen to more Paul Simon, because everything I've heard from him, including his work with Garfunkel, has been stellar. This album freaking rules! It has a bit of that 80s sound, but unlike some music from that time, it's aged very well. The blending of American pop/rock/singer-songwriter sounds with believable South African elements is so beautifully done, and Paul also brings wonderful songcraft to bear here. I love the abstract lyrics that seem to deal more in the sound and feel of the words rather than their literal meaning. This thing is always a joy to listen to and a real pick-me-up when I'm feeling down in any way.
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From 11/09/2021 18:36
No me dice gran cosa. Disco con mucha influencia de música africana
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From 10/06/2021 05:56
In my top ten albums of all time. I agree with those who've said there is nothing quite like it.
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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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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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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
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