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So Beautiful or So What

Paul Simon

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As a songwriter in a class of his own, Paul Simon never stops swinging wildly for the fences. His lyrics don’t just inform; they dare. The words may be read off the page with nearly the same eloquence as when Simon puts them to one of his indelible melodies. So Beautiful or So What is heralded for being the reunion between Simon and his masterful ‘70s producer, Phil Ramone. While this is certainly a team that knows each other’s strengths, it’s merely a footnote in the greatness behind songs like “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” and “The Afterlife” where Vincent Nguini’s guitar shimmers and glides past the group. “Love and Hard Times” is a piano-based tune that beautifully captures Simon’s melancholia. The songs lean heavy on mortality as Simon marches towards 70. However, he shows no sign of slowing. “Love Is Eternal Sacred Light” kicks up a bar-band romp with spirit and precision. “Questions for the Angels” shows his heart and brain still alight for the less fortunate and for those whose choices are never close to his own inspirations.

Customer Reviews

Baby baby bye (new song)

I love this song its a nice one. I luv it very much.

One of his best!

I have been enjoying Paul Simon's talent since Red Rubber Ball in the late 50's and this album is among his best. The rhythms and lyrics as well as the instrumentation are outstanding. Well done Rhymin' Simon!

A Treasured Songwriter and Musician

Paul Simon stays true to the length of his expansive and varied career here, putting a unique sound and spin on this album. Few artists can reinvent themselves with nearly every album, but Simon comes up with a new gem every time. Excellent job as always!

Biography

Born: October 13, 1941 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Paul Simon is one of the most successful and respected songwriters of the second half of the 20th century. Rising to fame in the mid-'60s, Simon's songs were mature and literate, but also melodically engaging, and spoke to the concerns and uncertainties of a generation. As the 1960s gave way to the '70s and '80s, Simon's work tended to focus on the personal rather than...
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