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Rhythm of the Saints

Paul Simon Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Rhythm here April 13 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a cd which I keep in the car for long distance journeys. Great beat to reenergize me for driving distances.
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1.0 out of 5 stars You Can Call Me Bored Sept. 21 2001
By Dino
Format:Audio CD
I'll try not to mention Graceland too often in this review. My one star review is not based on how unlike Graceland this sorry collection of dreary background music is. I understand what Paul Simon was trying to achieve with this album. Using South American musicians to create an ethnically-diverse collection sounds promising. It worked with the African and Cajun-filled Graceland album. The problem I have with this is that Rhythm Of The Saints lacks any memorable tracks, melodies or memorable lyrics. The lyrics are often self-indulgent and cryptic. The musical backings inexplicably often drown out Simon's vocals, which only adds to the misery. Mood music? To be judged as a whole album, creating an "atmosphere" rather than showcasing radio-friendly singles? Okay - I can accept that. I own several Latin-styled albums that are much more entertaining and listenable than this. Rhythm Of The Saints is, in comparison, dull and boring, a wasted opportunity. I had to play Jerry Lee Lewis after this to wake myself up.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yawwwnnnnnnn.... April 10 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For anyone expecting another Graceland, forget it! This album seems to have been put together very quickly because of Graceland's success. All the songs on this album are pretty much the same...spell that BORING! Lay down a rhythm track in the background and have Paul ramble in his non-melodious style. What's worse is that on this recording, Paul sounds like he's singing in Wrigley Field without a mic. His voice is overwhelmed by a tedious rhythm track. No...not all rhythms from other parts of the world is interesting, especially when the tempo and texture is all the same from one song to the next. Graceland gets 5 stars...this one gets ZERO if I could.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Close your eyes and drift away April 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely incredible!!! As perfect as a soft breeze during a warm summers night. I wait till spring every year to bring this album out of my collection an into my c.d player and once I do it never leaves! When I first heard this c.d I had just fallen in love with Paul Simon's Graceland months earlier and I kept comparing it to that. Now years later there is no comparison. Graceland is fantastic and easily one of my favorite albums, but The Rhythm of the Saints is so much more. It's an overwhelming feeling of peace and relaxation, but it also has a mysterious and hypnotic quality. I urge you to buy this album and give it a chance, and I hope, like the perfect drug that it is, transcends you to another place!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 8 2004
By Toby
Format:Audio CD
Best album I own (and I've got quite a few!) Not sure where to start. The music is sublime, the lyrics are brilliant and no matter how you feel it makes you feel better. I like most of Paul's Simon's stuff, but it all pales beside this - a masterpiece of music, mood and Paul Simon's always-perceptive words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete album. A world is entered. April 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite album of all time, in part because it is one of a few albums that demands to be played as a complete set of music. From start to end, the combination of the tunes, lyrics, pace of the cuts and flow of the songs create a mood unlike any other. After repeated listenings over a twelve year period, I have never grown tired of album that is clearly more sophisticated than Graceland, its predicessor. The sound quality is very good. The album can be listened to explicitly, or turned on in the background. With respect to the other reviewers, it's not "like" anything else. It stands alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best one yet Feb. 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
hard to imagine that anything could top "graceland" but "rhythm" does! hypnotic, mesmerizing, hallucinogenic. a must for simon fans.
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The used CD arrived much faster than I expected, and was in excellent condition. I will definitely order from this vendor again!
Published on July 3 2010 by K. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up!
My favorite CD of all time, this album continues to be the ultimate spiritual experience each time I hear it. It took me many years to warm up to this album. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by Saundra
5.0 out of 5 stars RHYTHMS OF THE SAINTS
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003 by Pieter Uys
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy album
Overall, I found this album to be less compelling and inspired than Graceland, but that's just me. Lots of rather obscure lyrics with flashes of poetic beauty. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by Kavity Killer
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Published on May 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than "Graceland?"
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... Read more
Published on April 18 2003 by D. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Best
I simply have to write because I'm in a great state of excitement. Not simply because this is the greatest album of all time (which it is) but because, for the first time ever,... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2002 by Hans Sebald Beham
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