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TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the September 2011 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
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 is his 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 ‘Cecelia.’ 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." - Elvis Costello (liner
"His BEST since Graceland." - Rolling Stone
"So Beautiful Or So What balances great poetry and pop. Paul Simon is a
national treasure." - NPR
"...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." - Robert Baird, Stereophile, July 2011, pg. 123
"Musically, So Beautiful or So What leans on Simon's wide knowledge of and
familiarity with the musics of Africa, Brazil, and old-fashioned gospel." -
Robert Baird, Stereophile, July 2011, pg. 123
"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."- Greg Cahill, TAS Magazine, September 2011, pg. 138
Fremer Rated 9 out of 10 for Music, 8 out of 10 for Sound!
"The parts are good enough without them adding up to more than the whole, but they consistently manage that and combined with the music, which does the same, it produces a provocative, powerful package filled with beauty, wonder and mystery that has the weight and staying power of his greatest albums."- Michael Fremer, Music Angle, Music 9/10, Sound 8/10
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• 180g Vinyl
• Limited time high-res download card for the 10 songs PLUS the live rehearsal version of "So
Beautiful Or So What"
1. Getting Ready for Christmas Day
2. The Afterlife
3. Dazzling Blue
5. Love and Hard Times
6. Love Is Eternal Sacred Light
8. Questions for the Angels
9. Love and Blessings
10. So Beautiful or So What