audio review : Cool Papa Bell ( song ) … Paul Simon

This reminds me of The Coast in that a bouncy guitar melody played by Vincent Nguini is allowed to loop continuously, giving it time to massage the mind. Papa Bell is a Negro baseball player from nearly a century ago. The song is otherwise ambiguous, though there’s a theme of happiness and well-being that’s clear as day. The way Paul Simon says “fun” is cringeworthy and the Heaven Finally Found bit is phonetically confusing, but this is easily the best song on his Stranger To Stranger album.

my rating = 4 of 5

2016

audio review : Stranger To Stranger ( album ) ... Paul Simon

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audio review : Street Angel ( song ) … Paul Simon

The start of this ditty, the closest Paul Simon’s come to hip-hop since his Wyclef Jean feature, sounds splendid. “My heart goes out to the street angels,” he says over blastworthy drums, but it’s a delightful background vocal sample that sells it.

After the first twenty seconds or so, the song instantly goes awry and becomes a bit of a mess. The main problem is the structure or lack thereof, specifically the fact that Simon never properly brings back the aforementioned chorus section.

my rating = 3 of 5

2016

audio review : Stranger To Stranger ( album ) ... Paul Simon

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