Paul Simon takes you on a musical journey through his S&G perenials, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds Of Silence, Homeward Bound and America. As breathtakingly beautiful as Art Garfunkle's harmonies are, never once did I take notice of their absence. The solo material, Mother And Child Reunion, Loves Me Like A Rock, Duncan, American Tune and Me And Juilio all sound fresh vibrant and infinitly appealing. Most of all Simon has the artistic good sense of not trying to cookie-cut the sound of the orginally recordings, nor does he go out of his way to reinvent and rearrange them. The only exceptions being the beautiful vocal accompaniment and choral arrangement on Sounds Of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
As perhaps one of the greatest living American songwriters, (Dylan and Willie Nelson readily come to mind) Simon always delivers the goods. His studio albums have consistently been chuck full of wonderfully crafted, orginal and introspective compositions. This album offers the listener the delightful experience of hearing him at his playful and whimsical best.