Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mini-Review: Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What

Go out and BUY this record. 4 1/2 STARS.

It's right up there with Graceland, Rhythm of the Saints and his early classics. The Afterlife is a hoot ("You got to fill out a form first, then you stand in a line" and "all of the noses from Buddha to Moses got to stand in the line"). Also the title cut and Dazzling Blue and the one that says "Love is eternal sacred light". Getting Ready for Christmas will probably be hugely overplayed next Christmas, but it's vintage Simon. Lots of complex rhythms and intricate guitar figures that you'd expect from his Graceland/Saints days.

I've read some complaints about Simon being too religious on this album (meaning Christian). As a confirmed agnostic, I'd have to say, GET OVER IT. As the man said about 20 years ago, "The Cross is in the Ballpark. Why deny the Obvious, child?"

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