[pullquote quote=”I don’t know him personally, but Paul Simon is the kind of songwriter who seems to know us personally.” credit=”Lin Brehmer / Chicago DJ”]This week, Paul Simon releases his first new record in five years, entitled So Beautiful Or So What. As the title suggests, Simon is pulling no punches on the disc, but he delivers those serious messages and heavy questions in a very playful package. The title track will remind you why Paul Simon is mentioned in the same hushed tones reserved for Dylan or Lennon-McCartney.
Rolling Stone called the disc “Simon’s best album since Graceland” questioning the meaning of life, beauty, life after death, happiness, and love.
The lead track, “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” was released last year as an alternate Christmas song (and Free Download), telling the story of a soldier spending the holiday in Iraq.
His musical explorations forecast major trends regarding the absorption of world music into American popular music. It’s hard to underestimate the ongoing influence of Graceland. Yeah, I’m a little excited about this tour. When you’re not hearing them on XRT, two new tracks can be previewed at paulsimon.com.
Simon also has a bunch of reissued material on the way, which will shed a bigger spotlight on this album, produced by long-time collaborator Phil Ramone.
01. Getting ready For Christmas Day
02. The Afterlife
03. Dazzling Blue
05. Love And Hard Times
06. Love Is Eternal Sacred Light
08. Questions For The Angels
09. Love And Blessings
10. So Beautiful Or So What