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Hearts And Bones

Paul Simon

1983

Hearts And Bones

Album Summary

Hearts and Bones is the sixth solo studio album by Paul Simon. It was released in 1983. The album was originally intended to be called Think Too Much, but Mo Ostin, president of Warner Bros. Records at the time, persuaded Simon to change it to Hearts and Bones. The album was written and recorded following Simon & Garfunkel's The Concert in Central Park in 1981, and the world tour of 1982-1983. Several songs intended for Think Too Much were previewed on tour, and Art Garfunkel worked on some of the songs with Simon in the studio, with an intention that the finished product would be an all-new Simon & Garfunkel studio album. Garfunkel left the project and Simon erased all his vocals and worked the material into a solo album.

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Rating

2.98

Votes

4802

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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Sun Nov 22 2020
3

This is a pop record which feels primarily soothing. I'm with Christgau: It never quite takes off. The string arrangements suggest it could have, too (at least for me). The writing seems solid overall with a hint of cuteness at points.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

A fun album, lots of interesting tunes and sounds. Doesn't take itself to seriously, a good listen that I have no disagreements with. Grooves and can get down too, easy listening, easy dancing. Paul Simon is a music man. True feeling: 3.8/5

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Just such a naturally appealing voice.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

One of my faves

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Loved this album.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

My favourite Paul Simon album, which says something given the company it has.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

It's really good, I love rock and pop, this album actually combines them really good, nice

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Fantastic album full of Simon's trademark humor and creativity!

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

I can't believe I haven't heard of any of these songs prior to this! Paul Simon is a genius.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Im giving it a 5 because I got it at a very fitting time,

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

I haven’t listened to much Paul Simon in a long time, and was surprised there was an album from 1983 that I had never heard of nor could recall any songs from. I started off a little skeptical about a song called “Allergies” kicking things off, but I quite liked it. Nice guitar solo in the middle and I like the music and lyrics. This song was the most obviously from the 80s on this album. The 80’s elements made me like it more, overlaid as they were on what was unmistakably a Paul Simon song. Also as an allergy-sufferer I appreciated the odd subject matter. Settled in to “Hearts and Bones”, a really nice song, and knew I would be in Paul Simon’s capable hands for the rest of the listen. As the album progressed I found myself pretty much loving every song. Paul Simon has more unconventional subjects (“When Numbers Get Serious” is great, despite some questionable multiplication), all accompanied by interesting arrangements. There are two “Think Too Much” songs. Both are fantastic (although I give the edge to (A) as my favorite, but glad both are there). “Song About the Moon” is one of my favorite songs on the album. “Train in the Distance” seemed vaguely familiar to me, so I may have run across this at some point in the past. “Rene and Georgette Magritte After the War” is beautiful, Paul Simon is a wizard of taking a lyric like that and making it flow so naturally in the song. “Cars are Cars” was the first song that as it started I thought might be a miss for me… but by the end I had warmed up to it. Love the juxtaposition of styles between the chorus and the verses. “The Late Great Johnny Ace” has an unusual ending provided by none other than Philip Glass that I found was a nice ending to the album. I’m glad this album was on this list as I doubt I would ever have encountered this anywhere else. Great album I will listen to again and again!

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

This album is not without some 80s cheese and some of the songs seem rather pedestrian in their themes (Allergies? Cars Are Cars? Write what you know, I guess). But Paul Simon is a poet and a prophet who can write a good melody and some great lyrics. (I also forget sometimes how freaking funny he can be.) I understand why I missed this album in 1983 --- it was a little grown-up for my 15-year-old tastes. But this sure appeals to me now. The title track, Song About the Moon, Think Too Much, and Rene and Georgette Magritte... are all really nice pieces of music. Train in the Distance and The Late Great Johnny Ace gave me chills.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Yep!

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

So, this was a surprise. If you'd asked me about Paul Simon albums, I could have told you there was "the one from 1975" with all the good songs and then "Graceland" in 1986, which I owned, and listened to over and over and over back in the day. You then might have pointed out, "Late in the Evening" came from a 1980 album, and I'd say, "Oh yeah, I love that song, too." So for our first Paul Simon album to be this one from 1983, it was a surprise. But again, such a joyful surprise! There's not a song I didn't love. I love the sound of all these songs. I love the lyrics. "Allergies" is such a fun song! "René and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War" is so lovely lovely lovely! The rest of the songs are all very fun ("Cars are Cars"), or painfully lovely, or both. "The smartest people in the world/Had gathered in Los Angeles/To analyze our love affair/And possibly unscramble us." !!! "Hearts and Bones" says SO much with just the lyric "the arc of a love affair." Man. Love this one. Love Paul Simon. Glad for this one.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Good stuff

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Standout Tracks: Allergies, Hearts And Bones, Think Too Much (a), René and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

4.5

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

Decent, not quite as good as Graceland though.

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Tue Nov 03 2020
4

im gonna be honest it didnt even occur to me that music like this still happened in the 80s. like this sounds way more like some 70s bullshit with a couple synths thrown in every so often, which i guess makes sense because paul simon is the guy from simon and garfunkel, and i think most artists are always kinda stuck to the time of their peak to some degree. like in ten years i dont rly expect taylor swift to be at the cutting edge of pop music yknow? i dont mean any of this as a negative to the album, it just suprised me a little and the fact that this sounds like pretty nice 70s rock, with a bit of folk and strings and whatever else thrown in sometimes + a couple synths, is all i can think of to rly say about this album. its nice, its comfy, its kinda boring sometimes. cool stuff.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Hearts And Bones tells simple yet striking little stories about being human. Although some aspects do sound a little outdated (e.g. 80's Caribbean flutes), I love the way the singing and instruments blend perfect together with emotion throughout the album. It brings together a lighthearted yet serious way of storytelling.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Like the last Paul Simon this was very pleasant to listen to

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Fri May 14 2021
4

I love Paul Simon's style. It very recognisable but still very varied from album to album. This would have five stars but Cars Are Cars was just too much.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

I love the feeling of this album and how it's so soft. Both versions of Maybe I think too much are great but I think I prefer (b). (a) sounds like vulfpeck. Love his voice too, but I think allergies is a bit much for this album.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Enjoyed this way more than I expected. Lots of weird and wonderful moments

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

Very good. I mostly knew Paul Simon for his time in Simon & Garfunkel and his only solo hit I knew was Al. He's a very talented songwriter.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

enjoyed the original acoustics at the end. nice storytelling

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Sick as album. Bangers all round

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Pretty, pretty cool.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

i cant tell what paul simon album are the best. he was just born to be a songwriter, yknow?

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Riktigt soft!

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Love “Think too much”

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Oki

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

false

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

ALLERGIES!

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Good

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Precioso disco.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

This was going to be a Simon and Garfunkel reunion album until they fell out and Simon got rid of Garfunkel's parts and re-recorded sections. Panned at the time it is a bit of a hidden gem. BT: Hearts and Bones, Song About the Moon, Train in the Distance

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Paul Simon goated! It was slow but really good. Songs were kinda random but they were fun

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Always enjoy Paul Simon, groovy, intriguing lyrics, good stuff

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Favorite: Think Too Much (a)

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised by this one. I'm probably the only person that is not a fan of Graceland and the influence that World music played in Simon's future works, but this album is lovely to listen to. It will definitely work it's way into my rotation. Actual score: 3.9

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Pleasant voice and good song writing. Some very good guest musicians. (7/10) Favorite Tracks: Think Too Much, The Late Great Johnny Ace

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

It’s the real Paul Simon sound, but not the best. The last 3 (original acoustics) are great examples how creative and unique “classic” songwriting can be.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

One of my top 5 all-time favorite song writers. Not my favorite album but still great.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

When I first dove into Paul Simon’s catalog a few years ago, this was one of my least favorite of his solo albums. I still think it’s pretty uneven, but the title track is one of his best songs, and “Train In The Distance,” and “Renee and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After The War” are really great too.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

I can see why this album didn't do well at the time, but these are pretty solid songs throughout. He just seems like a such mature and confident songwriter here. On the other hand, I'm also grateful that this album failed, since Graceland wouldn't have emerged otherwise. You can definitely hear him starting to flex the kind of muscles here that he explores later on in Graceland

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Really enjoyed this album. Really beautiful songs

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Lovely lyrics and melody. Makes ya pause, think and feel. Loved the exploration of love, time, age, music, and identity/our never ending wants as humans. Was drawn in from the first song.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Really poetic lyrics for some of these songs. Particularly loved Train in the Distance

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

J’aime beaucoup paul simon et cet album est fidele a son style et a lu meme, j’ai aime mais ce n’est pas dans ces top. 4.15*

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Pretty good, thoughtful, well executed. I think Graceland is the better record. Have always graded Paul Simon on anti-curve ... that is, I've been a bit of a hater for as long as I've known what an a-hole he is reputed to be (sourced by members of his band).

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

a lot better than expected. very cool sound and melodies. calming.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Paul Simon is quite the storyteller, a quality that shines through in the lyrics in this collection of songs. Musically, there is a melancholic undertone in many of the tracks, but that doesn't mean that they are not listenable - quite the contrary is true. Yes, this album may not be a timeless classic, as some of the decade's more questionable stylistic choices are quite prominent. Nevertheless, it is never boring either, and deserves further listening. 3.5/5

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Very enjoyable listen. I haven't listened to a ton of Paul Simon but I've got no complaints about this album. Wouldn't mind hearing it again.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

I'll admit that my rating is skewed on this one as I grew up listening to Paul Simon and consider him in my top 5 artists. Some of these songs were kinda misses for me, but even on the ones that weren't my favorites, I love his voice, his music and his storytelling in his songs. While there are much better Paul Simon albums, I enjoyed every minute of listening to this, especially the title track

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Groovy pretty album

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Tosi miellyttävää, mellow meikinki

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

There’s something odd about the mixing of Paul Simon’s solo stuff. This was alright. 7/10

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

7/10. I like Paul Simon plenty, but this album felt a little underwhelming.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Se 'Allergies' è effettivamente sulle allergie è molto bella, in realtà anche se non lo è. Mi piace molto la sua voce, meno le canzoni, anche se "Song about the Moon" mi convince. Bella anche 'Train in the distance'. In particolare i testi sono molto interessanti. Bello, tra il 3 e il 4.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

I had never heard this album before and damn it's good. I did find the opening track and it's weird lyric snd over the top lead guitar solo. Also a bit of a dated 80s sounding production but on first listen the songs sound great. I look forward to listening more intently and paying attention to the lyrics I expect to be pleased. 4 🌟

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Mon May 30 2022
4

It's a little bit samey, but it's still Paul Simon. I'm very glad it's failure helped propel him to trying out some different sounds, because Graceland is my favourite album of all time. When listening to this unfamiliar album I was inclined to mark it down, but when I listened to it objectively, I realised that it had some great moments.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

This was supposed to be Simon and Garfunkel’s return after their iconic Central Park concert. Garfunkel ended up leaving the project and Simon finished it as a solo album. Maybe it’s because it was supposed to be a Simon and Garfunkel album, but much of this album (but not all) features a stripped back sound anchored by Paul Simon’s voice. The result is a startlingly raw and introspective album that hangs on Simon’s every word. Some songs, like ‘Cars are Cars’ give us a preview of Simon’s work to come on 1986’s Graceland, his next album, but I think this album shines best through its more contemplative moments. The coda from Phillip Glass on the closing track is a great touch as well.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

The number of fucks Paul Simon gives can be estimated by the fact that this album begins with a song about skin rashes.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Yep

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

I was not expecting to like this. i really like Paul with Art best. However, this is so lovely! Gotta be his best solo album.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

Paul Simon is a genuis songwriter, this was a fantastic and Nice sounding album

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Deep cut pick: Song About the Moon

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Paul Simon is maybe the Greatest Of All Time but he’s not on top form here. Some bumping 80s bass and the odd bit of pretty poetry but generally the metaphors seem to miss the mark. Cars, trains, numbers and allergies not all great analogies or allegories. Glad I listened though and can’t go lower than 4 with this guy.

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Sat Nov 07 2020
3

Ok, this is cooler than I expected. Some cool 80s pub rock vibes almost like aussie bands in places. There's no way Simon is playing some of these solos. there is a lot of American folky bullshit on here kinda like simon & garfunkel (expected I guess) and it's annoying, and there's a reggae tune and i HATE reggae, but I think it gets a 3/5 just for that first solo and not being anywhere near as shit as his earlier stuff.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

A little less world music than Graceland, but I enjoy it slightly more. Still not a huge fan, but some great guitar work on here. Favorite tracks: "Think Too Much (a)", "Train In the Distance"

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

The song "Hearts and Bones" is soooo romantic. Very crunchy-granola-meets-simon&garfunkel. Some of the songs are a little gimmicky, the math one and the one abt the brain come to mind. but the love songs are SO tender and sweet. well done

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Pleasant on the ears, some funny lyrics (eg. "cars are cars")

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Not necessarily his best album but still decent.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

I enjoy this. You can tell it was slated to be a S&G album but was transitioned after Garfunkel left the project. I miss his harmonies, but, it’s interesting to see the trace elements of S&G in there.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

I can't help but compare this to the pinnacle releases of Simon and Garfunkel and for me it falls short. Very good but not the top of his solo catalog either.

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Tue May 04 2021
3

It’s good music. He loves cars.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

I felt like this album was really catchy and all round good vibes albeit inconsistent, however that “Cars Are Cars” song made me so frustrated and angry. what the fuck

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

It’s not the same since Art left. This is a weird album. I legit don’t know if it’s one of the best or one of the worst albums I’ve heard so far.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

The hits are good, but the rest are worse than forgettable.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

So so, nowhere near as good as Graceland and Rhythm.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

I generally love Paul Simon, but found this album a bit of a downer and very soft. Would've liked more upbeat and poppy songs

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Far from his greatest, but still some classic Paul Simon

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Hard to say what I thought about that, I didn't super love every song but kind of wanted to. Bit disappointing

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Closes real strong but its quite uneven and that car song is lame af

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Folk. Bastante bueno.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Enjoyed it, but probably won't listen again.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Thoroughly enjoyed Paul Simon singing about mundane things like cars and allergies.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Typically Paul simon

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Acho que eu estou ficando velho porque Paul Simon eh maneirinho.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Pop de canciones amables, fácil de escuchar. Ya aparecen reminiscencias africanas.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Um álbum que começa bastante bem, passado duas músicas começa a descambar, mas muito. A canção dos carros parece ter uma parte muito semelhante ao absolute beginners do Bowie. No geral não apreciei muito mas não é mau de todo. Nota:5/10

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Usually a fan of his, but this album wasn't great at all

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Meh

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Mon May 24 2021
3

OK

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Fri May 21 2021
3

nice!

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

I'm a big Paul Simon fan and even I found this a bit of a weird addition to this list cause it's probably not close to the top half of his discography. There are a few stellar track sure (the album's namesake in particular), and I did enjoy him starting to experiment with the sounds that led to Graceland. However, the album otherwise falls flat. Maybe because I enjoy other albums/projects by him more but it lacked the catchy hooks and charm that I've grown to appreciate from this artist.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Standard 80s pop - though some are catchy

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Wed May 12 2021
3

I enjoyed this one. easy listening, road trip through the mountains energy. 7/10

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Pretty interesting, was good

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

Have a soft spot for Paul Simon. Some nice tracks on this and some cool grooves. Will listen to it again. Was hanging from a roof when listening so was more worried my AirPods falling out than focusing on the album. Cars are Cars is a weird song. Think too much (a) is musically very vulfpeck. Vocally no, but the instrumental arrangement and mix is quite similar.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

Very very very of its time but good. Maladies Melodies Allergies symphonies etc like a lot of these albums the music is carrying the singer/lyrics. Quite dated at times, "One and one-half wandering Jews Free to wander wherever they choose" although I get why and it fits with what he wants to get across just seems odd nowadays. Very easy listening. I really like "Think Too Much (B)" for reasons I don't quite know. I also like "Think Too Much (A)" also for similar reasons, very odd. very funky and quite nonsensical "The thought that life could be better Is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains" is a great lyric but one of very few in this album. Cars Are Cars is another odd song but catchy. probably closer to a 4 but giving it a 3.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

I like Paul Simon. But, this one Isn't one I would listen to again. Some decent songs, but not worthy of this list.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

I'm not a great fan of Paul Simon (especially his world music based songs), but this album was a nice surprise. I didn't know it and it's great when you want some quiet listening. Nicely crafted

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

This is a curious album, kind of a bridge between 70s Paul Simon and 80s Paul Simon. It's mostly a very pleasant listen, with several standout tracks. Lyrics are always the star in Paul Simon's work, and the lyrics here are lovely, sometimes surprisingly personal. The collection overall I think lacks a certain cohesiveness, like he decided to throw a bunch of ideas at the wall that don't always connect. "Cars are Cars" is a bit silly viewed against the sweetness of "Rene and Georgette Magritte" and "Train in the Distance." But I've been listening to Paul Simon long enough to know he has a natural silly streak, so he gets a pass here. "Johnny Ace" is oddly bright given the subject, but the strings unexpectedly turn it to something richer and more thoughtful as the song and album draw to a close. Favorite songs: Hearts and Bones, Train in the Distance, Rene and Georgette Magritte, Think Too Much (a)

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Easy listening, background music that's not overbearing and you don't really need to listen to that closely.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

This album was so fucking dumb but the songs were so well written and enjoyable. Truly a confusing listen but I loved it.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
3

heart and bones

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

I love Paul Simon, but this 1983 record is a weird choice for the list. His self-titled album (1972) and masterpiece Graceland (1986) both made the list. 1965's "Paul Simon Songbook" would have showed another side of his work. "There Goes Rhymin' Simon" (1973) is a great and celebrated album. Even 1980's "One-Trick Pony" is stronger than this one, imho. Anyway, it has some good songs ("Song About the Moon", "Cars are Cars") and it is still a thing of quality craftmanship, because it's Paul fuckin Simon. 3.5*

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

I love Paul simons voice and the rhythm in his music. Still feel like something about it is missing for me though.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Very smooth and easy to listen to. I almost wrote that this is easy listening music, but to me that has connotations of being somewhat devoid of artistic interest and merit, which is very much not the case here. Nice melodies and pleasant instrumentation. Enjoyable. 3/5.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

I don't care what people say. Graceland is a stone cold classic. Parts of this album sound almost like a prototype of what was to follow. I enjoyed it..... but the followup is the genuine classic. not this one.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Hearts and Bones is the sixth solo studio album by Paul Simon. It was released in 1983. Originally meant to be a Simon and Garfunkel album, Garfunkel left the project and Simon erased all his vocals. It was a commercial failure, but has been reviewed favorably in retrospective reviews.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Twijfelgeval. Soms drijft hij me tot waanzin (cars are cars) en soms vind ik het mooi.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Pretty average, honesty not what I really expected for Paul Simon. Easy listening for sure.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

I wasn't expecting to like this, considering this is the only pre-Graceland Simon album I never heard any songs from, and I always considered Graceland to be his turnaround. It's a pretty great pop rock album with great songwriting and good use of synths. Most songs are soft, but you have some funky dance tracks like "When Numbers Get Serious" and "Think Too Much (a)". A mix of great, ok, and bad tracks, but nothing outstanding. Haunting way to close the album. Favorite tracks: Hearts and Bones, Train in the Distance, The Late Great Johnny Ace

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

A good three stars… finding his stuff a bit samey, but this is ok I suppose!

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

A bit creepy and melancholy, Paul! You okay? The storytelling is brilliant as always, but it's not quite as dynamic and fun as his other work.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Sounded familiar even though I had never heard any of the songs before. Think too much (b) and The late great Johnny Ace were my favourite songs

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Pretty simple Paul Simon album. Think this album combines everything of his past albums along with a sense of ability to veer off with different styles and instruments. It’s not bad at all but it’s kind of middling between Graceland and his older hits. 5.7/10

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Doesn't have the magic of Simon and Garfunkel but there's still some nice tunes in there

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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

I like Paul Simon, and I have listened to other albums and songs from Simon. Hearts and Bones was new music for me. All of the album was okay. I didn't know what to do with "Cars are Cars", which feeling hung on with me by the end of this album. It was interesting to hear this album, but I'm not sure which tracks I would come back to. (¿"Hearts and Bones", "Think Too Much", "Train in the Distance"?)

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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

nice. Not spectacular

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

8th December 2021 Listened in bits on the living room speaker before seb, justo and Charlie came for dinner. Very fine Everyman songwriting. Personal and warm, I didn't realise he was married to Carrie Fisher which a lot of this album is about. You can hear elements of the African styles he would come to bring in in later albums.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Good but a some of the songs read a little cutesy- like allergies or the car one. Not sure I loved it.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Album number 2 from Paul. Feels a lot more showy than the last, I much prefer the simple singer/songwriter style. There's a good bit of that on here, but some more energized and complex production as well. But the songs I did enjoy were fantastic, especially the acoustic bonus tracks. Not an album I was impressed with as a whole, but still good. Favorite tracks: Hearts and Bones, Rene and Georgette Magritte, Train in the Distance & Late Great Johnny Ace (Acoustic). Album art: Not much to say about this one. Cool guy Paul Simon, watch out. 3.5/5

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

I enjoyed this album way more that I thought I would. While it was very folksy in a way, Paul felt very inspirational to a lot of similar artists down the line. Some of these songs felt current in their design but the lyrics were insane. A whole song about cars in other countries? I'm sure he was going through something.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Not a huge Simon fan and this isnt even my preferred album but still good.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

The titular song is so beautiful. The soft picking of the guitar, the melody of ooo's backing up Paul Simon, the lovely rise and fall of the song's dynamics, it's everything. The rest of the album, I'm afraid, never quite reaches that same level. The songs are still good, but never as great. Standouts include "Train in the Distance" and "Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War". In fact, if "Hearts and Bones" and "Cars Are Cars" swapped places on the album, Side B would easily outweigh Side A. Seems like Simon had a few superb songs and then wrote a handful of filler to make the album.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Nice pop album.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

-”Allergies” is pretty got dang catchy and has some splendid guitar fiddly-ness -In “When Numbers Get Serious” he is seriously lackadaisical with his arithmetic. 2×2=22? 4×4=44? These are severe mathematical errors. -”Cars Are Cars” is not only straight facts but also a nice little tune -”Think Too Much (a)” has at least 2 cool basslines, and like a typewriter sound effect that is an interesting percussive element. -A couple catchy songs, but not much that really piqued my interest to make me want to go back to listen. Still overall quality music, just not really in my wheelhouse

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Quite enjoyable. I know who he is of course but I didn't recognize the bit hit on this album. Not bad though.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

This was okay, but didn't quite capture my attention. "Think Too Much (a)" was the stand out track for me.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

We moeten stoppen met over auto's te zingen

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

As you’d expect from Paul Simon. Some decent tracks, but most is middle of the road stuff. Definitely dated by the 80s sound.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Team Garfunkel here ✋️, better hair.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Better than Ed Sheeran.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

So much more fun once he dropped that weird as fuck mate of his. i mean, garfunkel really looks like he's part of liverpools scouting network.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Interesting sound - unique from what I've heard. Song about the moon is my favorite so far

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Classic PS. Would I listen again? Probably not.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Introspective and sometimes melancholy Paul Simon. It's fine but not his best by a long way. For me the better versions of some of the tracks are on the bonus edition and not on the original release. Simon articulates his lyrics beautifully, other artists could learn from his clarity. Cover art 3/5

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Very good soft sounding album, easy listening with some very nice songs. But doesn’t reach the heights of his best work.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Lepposasti pyöri kertaalleen läpi. Ei tarjonnut ihmeitä hyvässä eikä pahassa.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Dit album heeft niet de bekende nummers van Paul Simon en ik kan me voorstellen dat het niet gezien wordt als een van zijn betere werken. Toch staan er wel leuke nummers op. Ik zie de humor wel van "Thank Too Much" waarin hij twee keer zingt over dat hij teveel denkt. Dat is op zich alweer teveel :-). Dat is dan ook een van mijn favorieten. Voor de rest een gewoon aardig album van een goede zanger. ***

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

I enjoy Paul Simon’s smooth and simple sound, and I enjoy the variety of instrumentation through this album. However none of these songs I really loved, it was just fine to me.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

This was a tough one to rate. On the one hand, it's a Paul Simon album, and the man knows music and has a beautiful and distinctive voice. On the other hand, none of these songs are particularly memorable. They're just good because they're Paul Simon songs. However, none of these songs are in the top 20 Paul Simon songs in my opinion. The issue, then, is whether I judge this album as it sounds or within the context of Paul Simon's career. If this was a band that I'd never heard of, I would certainly rank it as 4/5 stars. Within the context of his career, I'd consider this mediocre, 3/5 stars. Ultimately, I choose the later. I try not to bring prejudice into my reviews, but I also just don't get why this album is on here. I'm sure there are plenty of other Simon records on this list, so it's tough to see why this album deserves any special merit 3/5

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Eh, his self titled album is already on the list, and presumably "Graceland" is too, so this feels a bit superfluous. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The vaguely ska song was pretty cringe, as was "Cars Are Cars" - what was that, an attempt to be a bit Talking Heads? ಠ_ಠ Fave track - the title track I guess. "The Late Great Johnny Ace" had its moments, but also a lot of cringe...

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Thu May 12 2022
3

As I listened a lot of the songs were familiar, I don't know where I heard this before but I feel like it must have been one that my dad played in the car.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

He kind of needs Garfunkel for me to really dig it. It's not bad by any means though.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Nearly gave this a 4/5 but it’s not quite there. Stand out track - Think to much (b)

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Meh!

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Keep it up Paul

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Bro who did this de va sådär… gafflar! Du äter me dem, de finns överallt å e gjorda av metall… gafflar!! De e hu de här albumet lät Idk ja gilla int de så mycke de va quirked up men de funka int rikit imo

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Inte lika bra som Graceland men ändå fint. Men också, vi fattar, du har haft flickvänner Paul.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Nice but not that essential

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

I'm not a fan of Paul Simon, but this was better than expected. I'm pretty impressed with the crack musicians that he was able to recruit for this album: its like a who's who... Nile Rodgers, Al Dimeola, Eric Gale, Airto Moriera, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, so he gets an extra point for that.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

I enjoy me some Paul Simon and had never heard this album before. It was... interesting? Knowing that Graceland comes next, which is such a great record, you can feel this is the step towards that at times. At other times it just is very 80s schlock... I mean he writes a song about allergies.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Paul Simon ne s'est pas foutu de notre gueule et ça, ça me fait plaisir.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Paul Simon est, vous le savez, l'un de mes chouchous dans le générateur. Malheureusement, la fin de cet album est pour moi extrêmement floue puisque il me semble m'être endormi dans l'herbe pendant l'une des dernières pistes. Je me réveillai en panique, pensant que Robert allait invalider mon écoute avant de recevoir un appel de celui-ci m'expliquant que tout était bon pour lui et que je n'avais aucun soucis à me faire. Quel soulagement...

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

Pleasant. Probably won't revisit

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Crazy that “Sound of Silence” and “Cars are cars all over the world” were written by the same person

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

Paul Simon is always a good listen. I didn’t get a chance to rate this before ragbrai but I enjoyed listening to it on the way to sergeant bluff

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Ok album, some nice storytelling, but that’s about it

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Not Simons best work but an admirable singer-songwriter blend. 80s Simon is always divisive. I think this album furthers that divide.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Soft. Singer songwriter

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

On the surface marred by the 80s production, very evident in the first few tracks. But Johnny Ace is a great track, the others are solid, and props to persuading Philip Glass to do a little orchestration for your album closer.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

3.75

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Song “Hearts and Bones” is very peaceful, acoustics are great. Reminds me of Jim Croce. Some songs have reggae influences which is interesting with the acoustics. Album is very peaceful and lyrics are light and insightful. Did not finish

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Though a tad dated instrumentally, this LP has enough strong songwriting and melodic variation to keep things interesting until the end. 'Cars are Cars' is an absolute bop and you cannot convince me otherwise.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

Pretty much the same review as for the other Paul Simon album we had. Simon by himself is nowhere near his collaborative work with Art Garfunkel. An OK but completely unremarkable album - 3.5 rounded down.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Pretty good. Not life changing but found myself humming along to some tracks.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Pretty mid

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

I'm a casual fan but this is really good. Very beautiful and upbeat but still with some melancholy to it.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Minor album in his career, you can hear some snippets of what he would become Graceland but otherwise AM radio fodder (after FM became the dominant medium) and Sesame Street-sounding tunes.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Paul Simon is a great songwriter but here not at his best

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Pop acústico agradável.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

While I've never really dived into the solo career of either Simon or Garfunkel, I do have some songs from both of their times apart from each other, mostly Simon, so I was cautiously optimistic of this album, and while this does indeed sound like Paul Simon, I don't fully understand what makes this more notable than any of his other work. Perhaps because it sounds more folky than most stuff releasing in '83? I just didn't see too much from this to be more than a three star.

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Sat May 22 2021
2

In which one half of the duo that gave us The Boxer and The Only Living Boy in New York released a lead single about allergies, and it wasn't even the worst song on the album. Did you know that cars are cars all over the world? An awful album only partially redeemed by an introspective reflection on the assassination of John Lennon. Best track: The Late Great Johnny Ace

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

riktigt tråkig

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

I really didn't like this one. The 80s sound on top of Paul Simon's iconic vocals really just made me wish I was listening to Simon & Garfunkel

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Not for me

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

This was just ok. Not 1* but might give it 2**, I'm sure he must have had better albums than this

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Wed May 19 2021
2

pretty poor esp for him.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

Meh

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Really disappointed with this. Love Simon and Garfunkel and I've loved other stuff I've heard by Paul Simon but I thought this was rubbish. Some proper dodgy songs, bizarre lyrics and most of the album didn't have anything that stood out

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Tue Mar 23 2021
2

Wasn't for me.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
2

Meh but not terrible

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Fri May 07 2021
2

Very simon-and-garfunkel-esque, obviously. A little slow for my taste but decently enjoyable.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

Meh, not my style. Wasn't bad just didn't engage.

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Sat May 22 2021
2

Dad music

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Sat Jun 26 2021
2

It was fine, nothing I’d go back to.

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Sat May 29 2021
2

It was okay.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Weirdly sounds like Meat Puppets in parts but is too polished and never veers from the center of the road.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

Couple of nice songs on here but I'm not going to be rushing back to hear it again.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

I disliked most things about this album: the rhythm, the feel, the mix, but most of all the lyrics. I found them trite and forced; I didn't feel the same flow as with all the other Paul Simon albums I know.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

What can you say, modern Paul Simon. Nothing for me specifically to get my teeth into. Smooth well executed bland.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

Not Paul Simon's best. Some real shit on here in fact

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Sat Aug 28 2021
2

dude can't solo act

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

Smooth. Too smooth. The last song adds a bit more urgency. Most of it just blew past on a very light breeze.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

Beetje saai.

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