My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-11
Brief Background: Paul Simon was recorded during the beginning of 1971 and was released almost a year later in February of 1972. This is actually Simon’s second solo album. The first was the Paul Simon Songbook recorded in London in 1965.
What I think: I would say that overall, this is a pretty solid, but not spectacular album. It certainly doesn’t compare to Bridge Over Troubled Water. There are some nice tracks though, “Run That Body Down” is a cautionary take about overdoing things. “Armistice Day” starts off slow, but really has a beautiful electric guitar part in the second half. “Congratulations” is about the pitfalls of domestic life. We, of course, then have the Reggae of “Mother and Child Reunion” and world beat of “Me and Julio”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I agree that it should be here. It’s a good effort as a solo musician after the brilliance of Bridge…
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Paul Simon Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (209/273)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%