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iTunes Price: $9.99

Genre: Pop

Released: Apr 11, 2011

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Essentials

Paul Simon
Paul Simon

1972
1972

FM Gold
FM Gold






So Beautiful or So What – Paul Simon

Name Artist Time Price
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Getting Ready for Christmas Day Paul Simon 4:06 $1.29
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The Afterlife Paul Simon 3:40 $1.29
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Dazzling Blue Paul Simon 4:32 $1.29
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Rewrite Paul Simon 3:49 $1.29
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Love and Hard Times Paul Simon 4:09 $1.29
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Love Is Eternal Sacred Light Paul Simon 4:02 $1.29
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Amulet Paul Simon 1:36 $1.29
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Questions for the Angels Paul Simon 3:49 $1.29
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Love and Blessings Paul Simon 4:18 $1.29
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So Beautiful or So What Paul Simon 4:08 $1.29
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Our Review

As a songwriter in a class of his own, Paul Simon never stops swinging wildly for the fences. His lyrics don’t just inform; they dare. The words may be read off the page with nearly the same eloquence as when Simon puts them to one of his indelible melodies. So Beautiful or So What is heralded for being the reunion between Simon and his masterful ‘70s producer, Phil Ramone. While this is certainly a team that knows each other’s strengths, it’s merely a footnote in the greatness behind songs like “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” and “The Afterlife” where Vincent Nguini’s guitar shimmers and glides past the group. “Love and Hard Times” is a piano-based tune that beautifully captures Simon’s melancholia. The songs lean heavy on mortality as Simon marches towards 70. However, he shows no sign of slowing. “Love Is Eternal Sacred Light” kicks up a bar-band romp with spirit and precision. “Questions for the Angels” shows his heart and brain still alight for the less fortunate and for those whose choices are never close to his own inspirations.

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Customer Reviews

exceptional album (5 stars)

Spectacular! These songs are like constellations in a bright summer night sky-bright and enduring. What a great soul.


Beautiful Album (5 stars)

Wow, Paul Simon does it again. Beautiful Songwriting. Paul has returned to his roots and reinvented himself all in the same sweep. This is my favorite album since "Graceland" and "Rhythm of the Saints". Both song structures and lyrics are strong and delicate all at once. Well done Paul!


Good songs, but too much religion for me (1 star)

I've loved Paul Simon's music for a long time, and this album is no exception. But the lyrics seem to be very overtly driven by his faith – a faith that I don't share. If it were just one or two songs, no big deal. But pretty much every song on the album deals with his relationship with or thoughts on god. Thanks, but no thanks.


Biography

Born: October 13, 1941 in Newark, NJ
Genre: Pop
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In a career dating back to the 1950s, Paul Simon established himself among the best and most popular songwriters of the rock era. Growing up in Queens, NY, Simon befriended schoolmate Art Garfunkel, who had an angelic tenor voice, and the two teamed up as Tom & Jerry, taking the names of the cartoon characters….

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Top Songs By Paul Simon

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You Can Call Me Al Graceland (Remastered) 4:40 $1.29
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Kodachrome The Essential Paul Simon 3:33 $1.29
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Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard Paul Simon 2:44 $1.29
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50 Ways to Leave Your Lover The Essential Paul Simon 3:28 $1.29
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Father and Daughter The Essential Paul Simon 4:10 $1.29
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Loves Me Like a Rock The Essential Paul Simon 3:32 $1.29
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Graceland Graceland (Remastered) 4:51 $1.29
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Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes Graceland (Remastered) 5:49 $1.29
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Slip Slidin' Away The Essential Paul Simon 4:44 $1.29
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Late In the Evening The Essential Paul Simon 4:02 $1.29


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