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With the footprints of producer Tom Rothrock (Elliott Smith) making impressions as deep as those of the artist—Harper Simon, son of Paul and Peggy—Division Street is an album that pushes and pulls its songs with far more tension than Simon's relatively subdued self-titled debut. The backup band features Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture and Elvis Costello's longtime Attractions drummer Pete Thomas (one of the industry's finest), along with members of Bright Eyes and Wilco. Yet anyone expecting this to be a typically sensitive singer/songwriter album backed by a pleasant, competent group will have that idea blown out the speakers, as tunes like "Veteran's Parade," "Bonnie Brae," and "Dixie Cleopatra"—in full hyper-manic form—make clear that the younger Simon is interested in creating far more noise and aggression than dear ol' dad. However, his knack for melody is strong; tunes like "Chinese Jade" and "Just Like St. Teresa" deliver on the family name.

Customer Reviews

"Division Street" is a Great Sophomore Effort

Love it. Harper's guitar work and Pete Thomas' drumming are worth the price of admission. The LP demands an active listening experience. For that you get repaid with some great music. Give it a try.

Blown away.

Great new sound. I completely approve and recommend.


Sounds like someone said your debut album sounded too much like your Dad so lets hide your beautiful voice behind some distortion and a bunch of muddled instruments,
and let's rock a little more and make most of the songs sound the same. Really disappointed.


Born: September 7, 1972 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '00s, '10s

The son of Paul Simon and Peggy Harper, Harper Simon made his musical debut at age four by singing "Bingo" in an episode of Sesame Street. Eight years later, the burgeoning songwriter had mastered the guitar and landed multiple appearances on his father's Graceland tour, an experience that paved the way for his future studies at Berklee College of Music. Simon moved to London after college and logged several years with the band Menlo Park, although he eventually returned to the States to work on...
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