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Rhythm of the Saints


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 16 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002LKF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Obvious Child
2. Can't Run But
3. The Coast
4. Proof
5. Further To Fly
6. She Moves On
7. Born At The Right Time
8. The Cool, Cool River
9. Spirit Voices
10. Rhythm Of The Saints

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Japanese limited edition issue of the album classic in a deluxe, miniaturized LP sleeve replica of the original vinyl album artwork.

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After the success of Graceland, Simon's meshing of South African rhythms with his own overtly self-conscious singer-songwriter pop, Simon figured he'd best keep traveling. This album follows him to South America, where he indulges in Brazilian music and still manages to make it sound like Paul Simon. His quirky, introspective lyrics are front and center; set to the beat of multiple drummers, the effect is soothing and unexpectedly rich. "The Coast" is a brilliant narrative about traveling musicians and "The Obvious Child" handles Simon's neurotic obsession with middle age with a lightheartedness unheard in his '70s solo work. --Rob O'Connor

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By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 12 2006
Format: Audio CD
Paul Simon followed up the classic Graceland, his fusion of African and Western pop music with this stunning album of great songs with a South American and more particularly Brazilian flavour. This reissue includes three previously unreleased racks.

The Obvious Child is my favorite, a powerful melodic song with great drums and guitars and a wistful, nostalgic feel. Another favorite is The Coast, a story about a family of musicians taking shelter in a church; this song really impresses with its flowing melody, polyrhythmic drum patterns and moving lyrics.

Proof is another charming pop song, particularly noted for its evocative backing vocals and gentle, lilting rhythm whilst Further To Fly and She Moves On are more subdued, melancholy numbers with bubbling and insistent rhythmic patterns.

The mood lifts with the uptempo and buoyant Born At The Right Time, once again a lyrical and musical masterpiece and filled with catchy hooks. The guitar and atmospheric backing voices of Spirit Voices are beyond compare whilst the title track is a meandering piece with innovative instrumental flourishes.

What makes these songs particularly moving is that Simon tells the stories of ordinary people and that his perceptive, poetic lyrics are carried so well on the exotic instrumentation. Of course, the beautiful tunes have a lot to do with that. Rhythm Of The Saints may not be as immediately appealing as Graceland and may not offer quite as many classics, but it remains a major achievement, a brilliant marriage of Brazilian and Western popular musical styles.
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By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
Paul Simon followed up the classic Graceland, his fusion of African and Western pop music with this stunning album of great songs with a South American and more particularly Brazilian flavour.
The Obvious Child is my favorite, a powerful melodic song with great drums and guitars and a wistful, nostalgic feel. Another favorite is The Coast, a story about a family of musicians taking shelter in a church; this song really impresses with its flowing melody, polyrhythmic drum patterns and moving lyrics.
Proof is another charming pop song, particularly noted for its evocative backing vocals and gentle, lilting rhythm whilst Further To Fly and She Moves On are more subdued, melancholy numbers with bubbling and insistent rhythmic patterns.
The mood lifts with the uptempo and buoyant Born At The Right Time, once again a lyrical and musical masterpiece and filled with catchy hooks. The guitar and atmospheric backing voices of Spirit Voices are beyond compare and the title track is a meandering piece with innovative instrumental flourishes.
What makes these songs particularly moving is that Simon tells the stories of ordinary people and that his perceptive, poetic lyrics are carried so well on the exotic instrumentation. Of course, the beautiful tunes have a lot to do with that. Rhythm Of The Saints may not be as immediately appealing as Graceland and may not offer quite as many classics, but it remains a major achievement, a brilliant marriage of Brazilian and Western popular musical styles.
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Like seemingly half the world, I fell in love with "Graceland" upon its release in 1986. I wore out the cassette of that album and then heard that Paul was traveling to South America for his next project. Would it be as amazing and groundbreaking as his previous record? "The Rhythm of the Saints" didn't set the world on fire like its predecessor, but I believe it just might be more amazing than "Graceland." There are other reviewers of this album who seemingly agree with me. That assessment is not meant to take anything away from "Graceland," which was a deserved smash. It's just that I find myself listening almost exclusively to this album many years later. This album seems like a precursor to the amazing bossa nova revival of today (Bebel Gilberto and the rest of the amazing Six Degrees Records artists). I think it's the fact that Brazilian percussion moves me like nothing else on this planet. This percussion sounds even more amazing when combined with lyrical genius of Paul Simon. "Can't Run But" is probably the best hybrid of lyrics and percussion (that ascending melody!!!!!), but the album is uniformly strong with no misstep anywhere. Put on the headphones and get ready for a lifetime of listening enjoyment that has sadly already been forgotten about by most music fans. Oh well, it's their loss!
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By A Customer on Nov. 6 2002
Format: Audio CD
I got this CD when it first came out, and it has really never left my consistent play list. No album has ever done that for me. About 5 or 6 six years ago, I started referring to this album as the very best album - any artist, any genre - that I have ever heard. My absolute favorite album of all time.

For one, this is a collection of great songs, every one. The music and words fit perfectly together. With creative melodies and rich harmonies, the brilliance of the lyrics seem to flow effortlessly out of the music - not too pushy, but also not too subtle. Plus, this is his best purely lyrical work throughout the course of any entire album, in my opinion - laced with subtle double meanings and multidimensional images. The lyrics here are at once deeply personal and universal - potent and touching - intelligent and sensual. This is the best lyrical effort from perhaps the finest lyricist in modern music.
Also, the musicianship is flawless, intricate and beautiful throughout the album. The different guitar parts intertwine with bass playing that is mind-blowing. And the DRUMS!!! It's all overpowering and subtle at the same time � melodic and rhythmic.
Finally, this album stands out as more than just a great collection of songs - it also stands as a coherent album. This is the main way I see this album rising above even the Graceland effort (which is obviously brilliant in its own right). Each song seems to flow from the previous song into the next (lyrics, music and tone) - each song sounds like a part of this album, while remaining so different from the others. The whole album evokes a mood that is indescribable and unmistakable at the same time. Even the mixing and production of the album are top notch (Listen to this disk on quality headphones).
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