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.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

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.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
136 Ratings
136 Ratings
newgreenday ,

Simon says

Thanks Paul. These are difficult times and your music is more relevant than ever. You sir are a national treasure. I would trade a thousand Kanyes for one Mr. Simon.

thinkman ,

IN ANTICIPATION

As a professional composer (mostly soundtracks), I have been asked (paraphrasing), “are there any musicians that are of the caliber of Beethoven or Mozart, etc. today?” Of course there are, and you will likely find someone who fits that description in most genres of music! When it comes to singer/songwriters, Paul Simon immediately comes to mind. Many of you will find this to be a “stretch”, but keep in mind I’m not comparing him to Classical artists, just the CALIBER! From the beginning of Simon and Garfunkel to Simon as a solo, Paul Simon’s music and lyrics (as well as performances of said music) have had it all!

misterobscure ,

Why wasn’t I asked to write this song?

Dear Paul, I’ve taken off my headset and paused the game long enough to help you. Thank you for reading this review to determine whether or not your work has any value. My third grade teacher once wrote, “Terrific!” on my paper about mysterious bugs - so I’m a writer too. I live downstairs...under a bridge. I eat goats. People avoid me because I can’t seem to shut up - especially when people talk about movies or music or anything created by talented people willing to take risks. "Be careful!” That’s my motto. I believe people and art ought to be evaluated by the number of stars I assign them. I believe our reviews should speak directly to the artists…Paul. This approach, in no way, reveals the depth of one’s narcissism. Did I tell you about my paper on mysterious bugs? Someday I’ll probably have a song on iTunes. It will have guitars and rhymy words. It will be catchy. Butterflies are moths. Spiders aren’t insects! I gotta jet, dude. Sheez! What’s the point of having a mom if she won’t do the dishes?

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