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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 (2 Oct. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00004XQP0
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. That's Where I Belong
2. Darling Lorraine
3. Old
4. You're The One
5. The Teacher
6. Look At That
7. Senorita With A Necklace Of Tears
8. Love
9. Pigs, Sheep And Wolves
10. Hurricane Eye
11. Quiet

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1. that's where i belong listen2. darling lorraine listen3. old listen4. you're the one listen5. the teacher listen6. look at that listen7. senorita with a necklace of tears listen8. love listen9. pigs, sheep and wolves listen10. hurricane eye listen

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The manner in which a superstar responds to a setback says a great deal about the artist. Some choose to conclude that the world is simply off its orbit and they're the only ones who've noticed. Others cower in semi-retirement and never again climb to great heights. And another bunch go back to what brung 'em, which is the route Paul Simon has opted to take with his first outing since his misbegotten Broadway debut, Capeman. The title says it all. You're The One is as understated as they come; this time out, Simon is a singer-songwriter, not a composer. As such, You're The One is more reminiscent of initial insular post-Simon & Garfunkel albums like There Goes Rhymin' Simon and Still Crazy After All These Years than the expansive Graceland. With no new lands to conquer, Simon has fashioned a collection whose appeal lies with its 11 crafty, catchy tunes, all of which are delivered with spirit and wit, particularly on the character-driven likes of "Pigs, Sheep and Wolves", "Darling Lorraine", and "Old". The lesson is that you don't need to make a Broadway production of life's little joys and heartaches; they fit quite nicely into a four-minute song. --Steven Stolder

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Broad on 3 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Paul Simon's best for 15 years. "That's where I belong" kicks off the album, and the whole record sounds like a man happy in his songwriting again. Few gimmicks, no tricks, and although there are the odd guitar flourishes reminiscent of Graceland, the songs are tight, well scripted, and devoid of excess.

"Darling Lorraine" covers a couple's life story, from bachelorhood to marriage to breakup to acceptance, all in 4 minutes, whilst remaining both poignant heartbreak and funny marital arguments - "you say you're depressed, but you're not, you just like to stay in bed!". Brilliant.

"Old" and "You're the One" have Buddy Holly moments, and "Old" in particular sounds like the song written to counter jokes at his expense! Once again, a man happy with his condition, laughing at himself. "Disagreements? Work 'em out..."

Some of the songs on the album sound as though they were written for children, or at least for parents of children to enjoy. "Teacher", with its unusual time signature, "Look at That", with it's morning encouragement, and the serene "Quiet", sound like lessons and lullabies, and [as another reviewer mentioned] infuse a quiet spirituality.

"Pigs, Sheep and Wolves" is surely the most absurd fun. It would make a great kid's song, if it wasn't about a gory murder and subsequent porcine cover up!

Six years on, and a new album out, this album still gets regular play without ever becoming boring. A great driving companion, find a copy, and hopefully it'll put you at ease, just like the man himself.

This is the sort of album you need 30 years songwriting practice to record, but there's not a hint of self indulgence here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ten years after his last studio effort, Paul Simon delivers a hybrid collection that seems to fall into two categories: grooves and songs. The grooves (Old, Hurrican Eye, You're the One) bring together an American rhythm with an African sound, a merging of Rhymin' Simon and Graceland. Yet with these tracks Paul Simon seems occasionally to be struggling to find the melody over his polished groove; the background seems to overshadow the foreground. Only with the tracks that seem to have been composed as songs rather than rhythm tracks does Simon's true songwriting genius shine through: Darling Lorraine, Senorita with a Necklace, and the quite sublime Love. Here, the melodies are rounded and complete, and if there are occasional slips in intonation and delivery, it is only Simon's own past perfection that makes these slips stand out. Ending the album with Quiet, Simon manages to merge an almost Arabic vocal line with the simplicity of one of the religious songs of the original Founding Fathers. By looking back he moves forward. Which is something Simon has always tried (and succeeded) in doing. Recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Justin Harris on 25 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
An album that not only speaks about lyrically, but shows rythmically, the experience Paul Simon has had through his many, diverse albums. A more mature, introspective and retrospective, album, it notes a turning point in his life especially with songs like 'Quiet' and 'Old'. There is also a strong philosophical aspect to the lyrics with almost Taoist lines like "Some peole always want more, some people are what they lack...I know who I am, Lord knows who I will be".
A seminal work, Paul's most sophisticated yet.
J.Harris
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Randall on 5 Sept. 2009
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Following the misfired collaboration with poet Derek Walcot on 'Capeman', Paul Simon issued this delicate, immaculately performed but rather muted collection which was heralded by many as a triumphant return to form. In retrospect, perhaps the acclaim was in part a response to the disappointments of 'Capeman' because although Paul Simon can always be relied upon to supply class music there's an air of creative hangover here suggestive of a master artist in the process of easing himself back into his familiar oeuvre after suffering a serious setback, but without quite stretching his formidable talent to the limit. Don't get me wrong: this is still a superbly produced work but without many songs that might qualify to be included in the long list of classics to have emanated from his pen. It is nevertheless rewarding in its own subdued way & can be regarded as a more appropriate follow-up to 'Rhythm Of The Saints' than the previously mentioned 'Capeman'. If this was your introduction to one of the most gifted individuals in the history of popular music then it will no doubt command your affection but otherwise it signalled that once again Paul Simon had demonstrated his ability to bounce back from the brink of commercial disaster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2000
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You are the One birngs us Paul Simon as he was prior to Graceland. Yes, he still retains the superb South American rhythms and intricate African guitar riffs of his travels through Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints. But he has gone back to his roots bringing us a collection of more mellow small band album tracks that echos the sounds of his early folk and rhythm and blues solo ventures. He has stripped the songs of the multitude of musicians and overlay tracks. This seems to allow the listener to concentrate on the lyrical content. We are left with 11 very refreshing upbeat original tunes. He has retained his sense of humour and this is evident in the lyrics. He's far more laid back in his performances. 'Old' being a notible example of this: a reflection on age as being a sense of mind. I particularly enjoyed 'Darling Lorainne' for its rather schizophrenic look on love, the beautiful underlying melody in the 'Hurricane Eye' and Paul's version of the way the world is in 'Pigs, Sheep and Wolves'. Sometimes the complex offbeat rhythms detract a little from the melody.....but often thats the way I like it..... The final track 'quiet' has a haunting ethereal sound that compliments Paul's clarity of voice.
Vincent Nguini's Guitar work shines throughout the album as do the drums of Steve Gadd.
To sum up this is not a theme album like the three preceeding ones (If I include Capeman). You are the One is a take on how Paul Simon feels today, and from where I'm standing he's feeling pretty good about himself.
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