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Good in parts, but not his best album
on 2 August 2000
I'm not sure what the problem with this album is - maybe it just shows the same lack of purpose as the film. There are too many tracks which don't really say anything: 'God Bless The Absentee', 'That's Whay God Made The Movies', etc. There are some good lines: 'The boy's got a heart, but it beats on his opposite side/it's a strange phenomenon, the laws of nature defied/He says The more I get to thinking, the less I tend to laugh' from 'Oh Marion', but generally the effect is pretty bland. The band doesn't help either, with some fairly weak lead guitar work - maybe that's part of the irony of the film, but it doesn't sound like it, as the rest of the band are fine. 'Ace In The Hole' is too weak a song for the film's message to come across strongly. This is an album to have as part of your Paul Simon collection, rather than for its own sake. Sorry Paul - I love the rest of your albums!