16 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Simon’s quiet, late-career surge continues. Produced by Andy Smith and Roy Halee— the latter a collaborator of Simon’s since his days with Garfunkel—Stranger is a slyly experimental album filled with small sonic surprises, from the warped gospel sample of “Street Angel” to the jazzy “Wristband,” whose bass mimics the mercurial glide of West African talking drums. Lyrically, Simon remains sharp, too, with a light touch and gimlet eye. “Milwaukee man, led a fairly decent life, made a fairly decent living, had a fairly decent wife,” he mutters on “The Werewolf.” “She killed him—uh, sushi knife/now they’re shopping for a fairly decent afterlife.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Simon’s quiet, late-career surge continues. Produced by Andy Smith and Roy Halee— the latter a collaborator of Simon’s since his days with Garfunkel—Stranger is a slyly experimental album filled with small sonic surprises, from the warped gospel sample of “Street Angel” to the jazzy “Wristband,” whose bass mimics the mercurial glide of West African talking drums. Lyrically, Simon remains sharp, too, with a light touch and gimlet eye. “Milwaukee man, led a fairly decent life, made a fairly decent living, had a fairly decent wife,” he mutters on “The Werewolf.” “She killed him—uh, sushi knife/now they’re shopping for a fairly decent afterlife.”

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5

137 Ratings

137 Ratings

great lyricism.

buizel123

if you don’t have a wristband, you don’t get through the door…? Really Paul…?!

Really, writing a review on one song

Notonthebandwagon

To offset the bad review for ONE song, NOT the entire album.

Cool

Billl8

I think it's a pretty cool track and the first reviewer may even be taking the simplicty of "wristband through the door" a little too literally - listen to the riot section of the song and you will get what he's likely really talking about

About Paul Simon

There are musical storytellers—and then there’s the low-key but wildly ambitious Paul Simon, who copyrighted his first song with partner Art Garfunkel when they were in their early teens. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1941, Simon mixed the mass appeal of ’50s rock ’n’ roll with the introspection of the singer/songwriter era, opening up a universe of emotional terrain previously unexplored in popular music. (Just listen to the playful poetry of 1968’s “Mrs. Robinson” or the existential ache of “The Sound of Silence”—songs you could whistle along to, or subject to rigorous literary analysis.) Though he was originally associated with folk, Simon is a remarkably eclectic artist, drawing variously on gospel and jazz, Brazilian batucada, and, perhaps most famously, South African township music. His landmark 1986 album, Graceland, helped build a bridge for his collaborators Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, and Miriam Makeba during the height of apartheid. For as uplifting as his music can be (think: the chorus chant of “Cecilia,” the rocksteady of “Mother and Child Reunion,” and the bright horns of “You Can Call Me Al”), at its heart is a profound bittersweetness. Embarking on his farewell tour in 2018, Simon celebrates an inimitable career spent mining themes of aging, separation, and loss with a muted reserve, suggesting that all things—good and bad—do pass.

HOMETOWN
Newark, NJ
GENRE
Pop
BORN
October 13, 1941

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