Paul Simon

Modified: April 13, 2011

Categories: CD of the Week

Christmas was a few months go that the song that opens  Paul Simon‘s So Beautiful or So What, seems late to the party.

On “Getting Ready for Christmas Day,” a sample of a 1941 sermon by Rev. J.M. Gates anchors a contemporary mortality tale. And that sets the mood for Simon’s musings on reaching the Pearly Gates “The Afterlife”  another standout track on the CD

The Rhythm of the Saints features beautiful  guitars rifts that invokes religious undertones.  But Simon returns to speaking in straight ahead rock and roll “Love & Blessings.”

Beautiful or So What doubtlessly will rank with Paul Simon’s best.

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