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Rhythm of the Saints

Paul Simon Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is an ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002LKF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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CD Warner Bros. Records, 7599-26098-2, 1990 10 Track

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As graceful as Graceland 9 Jan 2005
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars drums, pretty words and perfect singing 20 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is the most sophisticated album by one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time. The title says it all; Brazilian and West African drumming is at the core with all manner of exotic instruments making the listener feel as if they are in the heart of the jungle. The singing is understated on a number of tracks, it is spot on and Simon makes remarkable use of his voice. Ranging from an almost talking blues style (Can't Run But) to soothing high pitched tones (Born at the Right Time) and powerful rock like vocals (Obvious Child). This all works remarkably well against the South American/African beat and makes for some of the most original sounding material in mainstream music. The complex lyrics and subtle music mean 'Rythm' is not as accesible as 'Graceland' or 'Your'e the One'. At first, you really have to listen for the drums on some of the tracks and some of the songs will never make complete sense to anyone but Paul Simon as they are not told in a linear fashion. But this is still instantly recognisable as a Paul Simon album. It might take a few listens before you get it, but this album is definatley worth it! The songs are beutiful, as are the lyrics, and the nature of the album means you find something new every time you listen.
Sit back, relax and take in some great music.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonny gets sunnier day by day.... 4 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
1990's "Rhythm Of The Saints" is a beauty. It shimmers and shines, swoops and glides with grace.

Subtler in many ways than much of "Graceland", much of the music and sound here is beguiling and the lyrics are crafted with great intelligence and style.

The opening of "The Obvious Child" is intoxicating, and the wistful, thoughtful lyrics are enticing.

The somewhat monotone "Can't Run But" catches you eventually and "The Coast" is melodic and sweet. "Further To Fly" is a subtle but charming spiralling document.

These are all excellent but the peaks truly arrive on "Spirit Voices" and "The Cool, Cool River." The former is a beautiful, lilting tune with poetic lyrics and the latter is a stunning peice of introspection and ultimately defiance which soars to an impressive conclusion.

"Born At The Right Time" is the most recognisable form here and it works very well.

A stunning album documenting excellent songwriting and stunning musicianship.

This is what music should do: excite, inspire, provoke thought and wonder.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums ever 5 Oct 2000
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Format:Audio CD
As a singer / songwriter, Paul Simon ranks as one of the greatest ever - with classic albums all through his career. The Rhythm of the Saints is just one more addition to a brilliant collection of work, with songs which are both deeply beautiful and thought provoking. The music itself continues from the African roots of Graceland to West Africa and from there to South America. The guitar parts are intricate and identifiably African, the rhythms of Olodum and others are unmistakeably South American - working together to produce something quite original for a mainstream album. Simon, an artist known for producing lyrics of exceptional originality and intelligence has exceeded all his previous work and managed to produce some unforgettable lines. An outstanding album in every way - and one which gets better with every listen - this should really be a part of anyone's collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'This is a lonely life...' 25 Aug 2010
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Though well received upon release by fans and critiics, Paul Simon's 'Rhythm of the Saints' was however, not subject to the same adoration with which the media had greeted his previous effort 'Graceland', which mixed Simon's impressionistic, wordy lyricism with the beats and rhythms of South African music. 'Rhythm of the Saints' picks up where it's predecessor left off, and is, in my personal opinion, equally fantastic. Though more low-key and downbeat than the Jubilant rhythms of Graceland, 'Rhythm of the Saints' beautiful blend of Simon's earnest songcraft, the percussionised-samba melodies of the Brazil where the album was recorded, and a continuation of the traditional African sounds he had used for 'Graceland', the album is one of quiet beauty, and a real 'grower' on the listener, with quite a few tracks unveiling their subtle superbness over a few listens.

From the catchy, samba-heavy opening track (and lead single) 'The Obvious Child', it's clear that Simon is in his element. The album continues its impressive fusion of styles with the claustrophobic, but hypnotic 'Can't Run But', and the mournful and beautiful, but somewhat ironic 'The Coast'. Though one would be hard pressed to find a bad track on the rest of the album, there are a few real standouts - the politicised, idealistic 'The Cool, Cool River' and the gorgeous melody and bittersweet messages of 'Born at the Right Time', Simon has created two of his most impressive and idiosynchratic tracks. Occasionally, the album lacks quite the bounce of 'Graceland', or the surge of energy which much of Simon's music has, but for the most part, 'Rhythm of the Saints' is a truly superb and inspiring record. Sadly forgotten somewhat, in the shadow of its commercially successful precedent, this is a delightful, thought provoking and multi-stylistic album which showcases some of Simon's most expansive lyricy and music. Genuinely superb.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Album
Brilliant album by Paul Simon. There is one drawback: The Obvious Child will get stuck in your brain and linger there for weeks.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Carwash
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a masterpiece, simple as that.
This is the perfect fusion of world and pop music, it's truly stunning and is one of my favourite albums of all-time, totally timeless. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Unique
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
I first fell in love with this album years ago when I was going through very difficult times. Further to Fly spoke volumes to me. The man is a genius. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ROTS
Why deny the obvious child? Syncopation. Production. The Man's voice. Poetry of lyrics. Why deny the obvious? Just listen! Now.
Published 5 months ago by Mr S F Ilsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated masterpiece
Essential listening for anyone who likes great tunes, great words, great playing and great rhythms. Complex yet accessible, brilliantly crafted without being sterile, soulful,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dave A
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness
One of the best albums created ever! Cover to Cover! A repeat listen always, never tires and warms the soul!
Published 9 months ago by Mr V P Kalaitzis
5.0 out of 5 stars bang bang a boom
love the first track fantastic, infectious drumming, the rest of the album is typical paul simon meets more local colour, but none the worse for that - still would have liked more... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter K. Merrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Oh what a joy to listen to Paul Simon with all his skill and ability. A Wonderful CD to have
Published 14 months ago by L. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alumb
A great set of songs, got some great beats, yet still music u can relax too. And at the price it's cheaper than downloading it.
Published 15 months ago by Ncon 28
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome classic.
I bought this CD for my son who is a Simon & Garfunkel fan. He loves it. A timeless classic for all S&G fans.
Published 17 months ago by Ms. Caroline Roberts
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