The themes that drove many of Paul Simon's previous songs are represented here: the working man, love, religion, humanity in general and so on always presented to make the listener think (whether that is PS's intention I do not know). Someone gave this two stars because it was un-inspirational and boring. I do not agree. It is true that PS's delivery is not as emotionally overcooked as some but it never has been. The message, if there is one, is in the words and structure of each song. That is not to say that this album is clinical or cold. Quite the opposite. There is passion and wit in abundance and perhaps a certain ennui for the passing of time - a recognition of mortality. The latter is presented beautifully and wittily on the track 'The Afterlife'. PS often uses metaphor to convey two or more meanings in his songs which is perhaps one of the reasons that they and he have stood the test of time, plus of course the small matter of dozens of unforgettable tunes. Another reviewer compared PS to Bob Dylan. I think that perhaps that is comparing oranges and apples but I share the sentiment. Both are masters at conveying the human condition, Dylan more generally, Paul Simon more particularly perhaps.
Anyway, in my opinion this album is as good as any he has done. I forgot to say that of course the production and arrangements are superb.