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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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.
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 ï¿½ 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).Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I have always loved the music in this CD, vibrant and energetic -- I am happy I now have the CD again.Published 11 months ago by Alcyone Vasconcelos
This is a cd which I keep in the car for long distance journeys. Great beat to reenergize me for driving distances.Published on April 13 2014 by pat jasper
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
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. Read morePublished on April 15 2004
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. Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Toby
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. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by John Truslow
hard to imagine that anything could top "graceland" but "rhythm" does! hypnotic, mesmerizing, hallucinogenic. a must for simon fans.Published on Feb. 19 2004
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 morePublished on Oct. 18 2003 by Saundra
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 morePublished on Sept. 17 2003 by Peter Uys