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So Beautiful or So What

So Beautiful or So WhatHe says this is a return to his singer-songwriter roots, but the Graceland-ic guitar figures still emphasize rhythm above all. Just as well, I...So Beautiful or So WhatRockHe says this is a return to his singer-songwriter roots, but the Graceland-ic guitar figures still emphasize rhythm above all. Just as well, I...2011-04-13
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B+

So Beautiful or So What

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Paul Simon; Music Label: Concord

He says this is a return to his singer-songwriter roots, but the Graceland-ic guitar figures still emphasize rhythm above all. Just as well, I guess, when your most passionate song is called ”Rewrite.” Though there’s a lot of God talk in So Beautiful or So What’s lyrics (Jesus, Buddha, and the Man Himself all put in appearances), this cagey old pro makes room for stray nonsense phrases like ”bop-bop-a-whoa” as well; spirited spirituality is his goal these days. B+

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