The rhythm is a dazzling array of percussion, mostly African and Brazilian samba, from artists around the world. It’s a soothing and ambient high that rarely lets you down. When the songs aren’t great, because the melody of the lead vocals can’t keep up, as on the Cool River, Paul Simon himself is to blame.
But this is his best, most poetic album so far; timeless in the sense that live tribe music never dies. Even if you’re not an Elvis Presley fan yet Graceland is one of your favorite places to visit, it takes some time to unravel the musical complexity and fully appreciate the beauty of The Coast, Spirit Voices and the like.
my rating = 4 of 5