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Graceland (album) by Paul Simon

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Graceland
Graceland by Paul Simon (1986)
Overall rank: 128th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,061 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 (128th)

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Graceland is ranked as the best album by Paul Simon.

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From Rivera
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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From JulianR
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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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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Nothing earth-shatteringly fantastic, but still a very good album
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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
This is a great album musically. It is my favourite Paul Simon album.
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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
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
ProperAfrican but in a good way
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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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