So Beautiful or So What (2011) 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… 2011-04-12 Paul Simon Rock Concord
Music Review

So Beautiful or So What (2011)

Paul Simon | SIMON SAYS Paul Simon
SIMON SAYS Paul Simon
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 12, 2011; Lead Performance: Paul Simon; Genre: Rock; Production: 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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Originally posted Apr 05, 2011 Published in issue #1150 Order article reprints