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There Goes Rhymin' Simon
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The Dixie Hummingbirds and Muscle Shoals house band brought gospel and R&B flavors to this #3 smash ('73). This masterpiece is bookended by the #2 hits Kodachrome and Loves Me Like a Rock and features the stately American Tune , another Top 40 hit. Includes demos of those last two tunes and Take Me to the Mardi Gras plus the work in progress Let Me Live in Your City !
In the early 1970s, Paul Simon sounded old before his time: while his harder-rocking peers were hanging on to themes of youthful rebellion and romantic obsession, Simon, already a pop veteran who'd notched records since his teens, focused on the smaller details and defining quirks of real life. His second solo album finds him regarding the passage of time and the fragility of relationships with his usual mix of smart-aleck observations and gentler, more deeply felt melancholy. "Kodachrome" was a breezy delight upon its release that now sounds prescient in its backwards glance at myths of youth, "An American Tune" sustains its mood of graceful maturity against a Bach-inspired guitar arrangement that's still gorgeous, and "Something So Right" remains Simon's most luminous declaration of love. Actually produced in varied studios with shifting session bands (including the chameleons in the Muscle Shoals Sound section), the set also introduced the Roches and notched Simon's first plunge into gospel on "Loves Me Like A Rock". --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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-Kodachrome: the commercial hit of the album, and it's a great song; fun, upbeat, and truly unique. It's a classic; there's no other saong like it...and I love the lyrics--this man could write a song about AnYthinG.
-Tenderness: Here's some of the gospel element (thanks to the Dixie Hummingbirds--they rule), a slower, more pensive song dealing with a reality of human relationships--now you've got to love the way he writes songs not about "LOVE" but you know, tenderness/brutal honesty/truth...
-...Mardi Gras: Here's a little Cajun flair, a song that I almost wish would move more, but it's fun and an interesting departure for Simon.
-Something So Right: Pretty...honest reflection on personality/relationships...but too lush and produced for my tast.
-One Man's Ceiling...: I love this song. My favorite on side one (ok, I admit I'm sticking to the LP) Simon sounds sOUlful on this, man...gospel-y, fun, but not ToO fun :) The title sums up the song, which is a quirky little insight but works amazingly well for the topic of a song!
-American Tune: I think this is a very beautiful song, a really simple melody, weary, almost timeless I think. The words are simple but powerful (though some say pretentious). But this is not pretentious--it's indescribably 'what it is.' Oh well, the bridge is my favorite part, it's earnest but never cloying.Read more ›
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I originally had this on vinyl in the 70's. Loved revisiting the beautiful songs. An amazing songwriter.Published 17 months ago by Clementine
This was a favourite album during my college years. It brings back many happy memories, and reminds me of just how consistently entertaining Paul Simon has been through the years!Published on April 19 2013 by Richard Perriment
For me this is Paul Simon at his best, with excellent performances of American Tune, Duncan or The Boxer. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Gonzalo
my least favorite simon album. the writing is forced and inconsistent. not very good.Published on Dec 3 2003 by Taylor M. Nash
A more commercial release than his first post S&G album, this finds Simon having more fun than he's ever had making music. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2002 by Brett Simpson
...though there's only one cut here I still really enjoy,even if it's name is a little pretentious... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2002 by Hans Castorp
There Goes Rhymin' Simon is another lyrically rich album from master tunesmith Paul Simon. Mr. Simon has the ability to articulate his lyrics in a story like landscape that few... Read morePublished on May 31 2001 by P Magnum
This is probably Paul Simon's second worst record (after the dismal "Songs from the Capeman", and not counting the first three Simon and Garfunkel records). Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2000