In the Blue Light

In the Blue Light

Music CD - 2018
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Publisher: [United States] : SMG, [2018]
Copyright Date: ℗&©2018
Branch Call Number: CD POPULAR SIMON-P IBL
Characteristics: 1 audio disc : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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mr_chocolate
May 07, 2019

In the booklet Paul writes...
"It's an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them; to modify, even completely change parts of the originals.
This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd enough as to be overlooked the first time around. Re-doing arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics that didn't make their meaning clear, gave me time to clarify in my own head what I wanted to say, or realize what I was thinking and make it more easily understood.
Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn't recorded with before. I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home."
All original music and lyrics by a great composer and talent. I give credit for Paul Simon to never be stagnant of his talent and not to be afraid to explore different aspects of music to express himself. My partner and I did not really like this latest result. The first of the 10 songs drew us in and was refreshing and had a feel of a "speak easy" style. The other 9 did not feel as fresh and was probably too jazzy, as it is one style that neither my partner nor I like all that much.

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8lngordon
Feb 01, 2019

worse ever, why do these old guys think they can still sing, give it up. Only ruins their legacies.

I'm glad I got this for free from the public library, that's all I can say. As a fan of Paul Simon, I knew this was an album of re-imagined works, but I was sorely disappointed to hear the path he took. Mournful, oddly off key, with Simon's voice quality failing throughout. Try it if you are a die-hard fan, but I'd recommend the free library access just in case you end up feeling let down like me.

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karmafarmer
Sep 19, 2018

What's happened Paul? The music aside (it's expected to be world class when you have your pick of world class musicians), I anticipated some gems in his lyrics... song after song in the enclosed insert- gibberish! Vague metaphors beyond his past elegance displayed from 60's-90's. All the vivid images his writings evoked during his partnership with Garfunkel and the solo work in the following decades seems to have depleted his creative consciousness. It's as if he immediately jotted down disjointed snippets of half forgotten dreams upon awakening. His "old friend Darkness" has apparently abandoned him.

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