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OK, but I felt somewhat manipulated
on March 24, 1999
After the wonderful African triumph of Graceland, this next album had a lot to live up to. It predictably falls short, though it is not really a bad album. It is just not even close to Graceland, though.
My main complaint, and maybe I'm too cynical is this: I feel manipulated. It's like Simon said, "OK, the African thing worked out really well for me. Hmm...what eclectic musical style can I do next? I got it! How about Latin! Recruit a bunch of drummers and other musicians, make another bunch of songs with obtuse lyrics like what Graceland had, and bingo, another winner!"
Maybe after the "Capeman" disaster, he'll go back to this sort of formula again. How about a whole album of Hawaiian songs next time?