10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On the cusp of his 77th birthday, Paul Simon is firmly in looking-back mode: He billed his 2018 tour as a farewell, and his 14th solo album is an elegiac reimagining of 10 songs from throughout his five-decade post-Simon & Garfunkel career. Far from a greatest-hits rehash, the best-known tracks here are probably “Can’t Run But” from 1990’s The Rhythm of the Saints and 1983’s “René and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War.” But even completists may not recognize these at first listen. Recast largely as haunting (or haunted) jazz compositions, with assists from veteran musicians such as guitarist Bill Frisell and trumpet player Wynton Marsalis, the result is both valedictory and revelatory. Yes, the collection surfaces deserving songs that may have fallen through the cracks of Simon’s sprawling discography, but the point of the exercise is the way his new arrangements capture and deconstruct the spirit of the originals, with the benefit of critical distance and having made peace with the notion of winding down.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

On the cusp of his 77th birthday, Paul Simon is firmly in looking-back mode: He billed his 2018 tour as a farewell, and his 14th solo album is an elegiac reimagining of 10 songs from throughout his five-decade post-Simon & Garfunkel career. Far from a greatest-hits rehash, the best-known tracks here are probably “Can’t Run But” from 1990’s The Rhythm of the Saints and 1983’s “René and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War.” But even completists may not recognize these at first listen. Recast largely as haunting (or haunted) jazz compositions, with assists from veteran musicians such as guitarist Bill Frisell and trumpet player Wynton Marsalis, the result is both valedictory and revelatory. Yes, the collection surfaces deserving songs that may have fallen through the cracks of Simon’s sprawling discography, but the point of the exercise is the way his new arrangements capture and deconstruct the spirit of the originals, with the benefit of critical distance and having made peace with the notion of winding down.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
64 Ratings
64 Ratings
Mister Mooso ,

Beautiful album

Rene and Georgette...is worth the price of admission alone.

Silas Wegg ,

Deep, Deep Blue💙

You will either get this or you won't. Not much gray area under this Blue Light. There's no "Me and Julio" "Graceland" or "50 Ways" These are songs from the nooks and dark alleys of Paul Simon's incredible career you may have missed. It's storytelling and poetry at it's best. After first listen I was transported to a deeply sophisticated melodically beautiful yet melancholy place so- as I said be warned this is not happy clappyy stuff at any point A lot of people are going to miss this I fear, but to me its the most wonderful soulful aching music I've ever heard and its so many light years beyond brilliant I am having a hard time describing it. I knew all these songs but the new stripped down arrangements and performances are so perfect they just burrowed right through my ears and directly into my heart coming to one conclusion: MASTERPIECE.💙💙💙💙

Dlee All in One ,

Don't stop Paul.

If you don't like these selections you don't know Paul Simon. This is class.

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