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Rhythm of the Saints

4.6 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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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 65 customer reviews
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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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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1990 album from the veteran singer/songwriter including four bonus tracks: 'Born At The Right Time' (Original Acoustic Demo), 'Thelma', 'The Coast' (Work In Progress) and 'Spirit Voices' (Work In Progress).

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 Jimi Jac TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 30 2016
Format: Audio CD
Didn’t care for this album when first released, the whole is Simon going to use musicians from another countries got my musical heckles up (why such an idea would infuriate so much is beyond me!).
But listening back now, “Rhythm..” is a bit of a revaluation, full of inventive & unusual melodies & song structures, with the South American percussion giving the album a real unique feel.
I think although “Graceland” has lots of African musicians, it still quite a commercial sounding record, whereas “Rhythm…” has the feel of one of Simon's more challenging record that he used to released in the seventies, excellent.
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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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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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low key, not what you would listen too at a bar or night club but for a morning wake up at home while you sip your first coffee most definitely a worthy pick. Of course this is far from a NEW EFFORT, for Paul, it is almost a classic now but that does not make any difference in the quality of the disc. As far as Quality goes none has been spared in the production of this CD. I saw PS in a small venue holding only about 10,000 people and it was spectacular the time simply flew by, he had LADYSMITH BLACK MOMBASA with him along with him and that lent another whole dimension to the show. We had seats on the first balcony ( l love to be seated there ) so we had a completely unobstructed view of the stage and with a set of field glasses it was like we were right on the stage. I was blown away, by his ability as a poet, and musician. For those who missed this particular disc i suggest picking it up while it may not have been one of his more famous ones it surely is just as great when it comes to quality...Spigomars
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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