Paul Simon’s new album is ‘Stranger to Stranger.’ His first new album in five years, has arrives with much fanfare. Find out what the critics have to say of the music legend’s latest endeavor. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
The legendary artist rose to fame in the 1960s as one half of the iconic duo Simon and Garfunkel. It’s not overstating to say he has become over the years a national treasure. The accolades are extensive; 12 Grammy Awards, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more. He is also the inaugural recipient of the ibrary of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and a Kennedy Center honoree.
With that staggering legacy — along with a lifetime of record sales worldwide — the now 74-year-old Paul Simon is revealing with his 13th solo album, ‘Stranger to Stranger’ that he has no intentions of retiring or on resting on the proverbial laurels. His most recent album, the critically acclaimed “So Beautiful or So What” was released in 2011. Not that, retrospectively, we were led to believe it was his last.
He told The New York Times in a recent interview how the new album came about, saying, ““The sound is what led me to everything.” Elaborating, he added, “The theme of this album — it’s not a lyrical theme. It’s a sound theme. This is the time that we’re living in and this is what it sounds like to me from the sources that I find interesting. In a way it’s not that different from hip-hop guys that are interested in sound, like Kanye or Kendrick.”
Yes, the new album arrives in an ever-changing pop music landscape, one that’s far different from the 1970s and the iconic Simon and Garfunkel ‘Bridge over Troubled Waters’ or the comparatively more recent ‘Graceland’ 1980s era. And the critics note that Simon is not just keeping up, but is continuing to be a trailblazer and to show us just what is possible in the realm of popular music and to continue to prove it can and should be much more than chart-topping tunes.
Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.
“…..The montage of sounds he constructs here – traditional brass and string instruments mingle with electronic ones throughout – are often more adventurous and exhilarating than anything most EDM and modern music artists are making these days. Smarter, too.
Read More: Paul Simon, ‘Stranger to Stranger': Album Review | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/paul-simon-stranger-to-stranger/?trackback=tsmclip…..” –Ultimate Classic Rock
“….The beats and unusual, sometimes dissonant and atonal tones, first draw you into the music, but it’s the lyric that keeps you there, and keeps you wondering what the next song will bring…..” –Cleveland.com
“….Now 74, he shares his fears about life and after through music, the “tongue I speak”, as he states on Proof of Love, one of the 11 tracks on this richly rewarding album. He also snarls his impatience with inequality, a world divided between those who have and those who don’t on the percussive and irresistible Wristband…..” –Irish Times
“….Rather than resting on his laurels, sitting on a rather plump and healthy back-catalogue, Paul Simon at the age of 74 is still experimenting – tinkering with new instruments, collaborating with contemporary musicians and most importantly, remains a student of music. New album ‘Stranger To Stranger’ is testament of that – it’s succinct, deeply layered, deeply rhythmic and crammed with ideas. ….” –Gigwise
Yes, critics are applauding, there’s no doubt about that. We may very well find in this new album, another classic, a decade-defining work. You can see music videos, plus Paul Simon’s ‘Stranger to Stranger’ album cover art below!