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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Simon's solo career turns towards the darker side, 22 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Still Crazy After All These Years [VINYL] (Audio CD)
“Still Crazy After All These Years” was Paul Simon's third solo album and decidedly different from his previous efforts, “Paul Simon” and “Rhymin' Simon.” For one thing, Simon's songs are much more introspective this time around, most of them dealing seriously with the subject of lost love (Of course, if you remember seeing Simon hosting “Saturday Night Life” and trying to sing the title song while dressed up as a giant turkey that seriousness is somewhat tempered). Musically, Simon is focusing more on the piano than the guitar in his compositions, and producer Phil Ramone clearly played a role in coming up with Simon’s new sound on this album. Taken together those two factors would explain why “My Little Town,” the song where Simon reunites with Art Garfunkel, sounds so different from previous Simon & Garfunkle songs. The album made it to the top of the Billboard charts in 1975 and three of the songs made it to the Top 40: the duet with Phoebe Snow, “Gone At Last” (#23), “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (#1), and “Still Crazy After All These Years” (#40). Those last two are the choice cuts off of the album and both reflect a wry sensibilities in the lyrics that was never as prominent in Simon’s earlier work. The same applies to “My Little Town,” and it is easy in retrospect to look at that song and “Night Games” as reflecting Simon’s dark side. I was surprised that “Still Crazy After All These Years” was Simon’s only #1 album, but “Graceland” only made it to #3. It is rather gratifying to know that Simon’s serious work was more popular than his “fun” songs like “Kodachrome” and “Loves Me Like a Rock.” The bottom line is that Paul Simon is one of those artists for whom a greatest hits collection does not suffice and the goal should be to have as many of their albums in your music library as possible tracing his ongoing musical evolution.
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