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Monday, April 11, 2011

Paul Simon

So Beautiful or So What (Concord)

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With its echoes of Africa and gospel, Paul Simon's new CD often rises from familiar ground while sometimes giving way to surprise, as on the vaguely bluesy title track. As a wordsmith, Simon juggles snatches of beautiful lyric poetry with humor and irony. So Beautiful or So What conveys a certain mood along with themes reflecting on the careworn but still hopeful lives of everyday people struggling to hold on—even after death, as in the light-hearted yet somehow awestruck narrative from the other side, "The Afterlife."
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