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Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the September 2011 Issue of Stereophile and Rated 9/10 Music, 8/10 Sonics in his September 2011 reviews on musicangle.com!
Stereophile Recording of the Month, July 2011! Four 1/2 stars for Performance and Three 1/2 stars for Sonics!
This 10-song disc is Paul Simon's most heartfelt and introspective to date..
The album features the 2010 single "Getting Ready For Christmas Day". Instead of sleigh bells and choirs, "Getting ready For Christmas Day" has "the ragged charm" of the Simon and Garfunkel hit "Cecilia". The single also samples Reverend J.M Gates' 1941 pre-war speech.
Paul Simon has a long, distinguished musical career that began in the 1960s as half of Simon and Garfunkel. The iconic musician has won numerous Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
This remarkable, thoughtful, often joyful record deserves to be recognized as among Paul Simon's very finest achievements.
His BEST since Graceland.
So Beautiful Or So What balances great poetry and pop. Paul Simon is a national treasure.
...at 69, Simon has returned to his polyglot musical influences...to fashion a startlingly powerful collection of songs that successfully mix the jaunty near-danceability of his world-music adventures with serious lyrics about impending death, the vagaries of love, and, especially, the many unknowables contained in the word God.
Simon grabs the listener's attention from the opening track, 'Getting Ready for Christmas Day,' which kicks off with a soulful dance beat worthy of latter-day Marvin Gaye... The instrumentation is an exotic tapestry of violas, sax, celeste, tabla, fiddle, slide baritone, clay pot, kora, harp and sampled gospel recordings.
- 180g Vinyl
- Liner notes by Elvis Costello
- Limited time high-res download card for the 10 songs + the live rehearsal version of "So Beautiful Or So What"
- Getting Ready For Christmas Day
- The Afterlife
- Dazzling Blue
- Love And Hard Times
- Love Is Eternal Sacred Light
- Questions For The Angels
- Love & Blessings
- So Beautiful Or So What