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By Sam Sutherland

In the early '70s, Paul Simon sounded old before his time: while his harder-rocking peers were hanging on to themes of youthful rebellion and romantic obsession, Simon, already a pop veteran who'd notched records since his teens, focused on the smaller details and defining quirks of real life. His second solo album finds him regarding the passage of time and the fragility of relationships with his usual mix of smart-aleck observations and gentler, more deeply felt melancholy. "Kodachrome" was a breezy delight upon its release that now sounds prescient in its backwards glance at myths of youth, "An American Tune" sustains its mood of graceful maturity against a Bach-inspired guitar arrangement that's still gorgeous, and "Something So Right" remains Simon's most luminous declaration of love. Actually produced in varied studios with shifting session bands (including the chameleons in the Muscle Shoals Sound section), the set also introduced the Roches and notched Simon's first plunge into gospel on "Loves Me Like A Rock."

1. Kodachrome6. American Tune
2. Tenderness7. Was a Sunny Day
3. Take Me to the Mardi Gras8. Learn How to Fall
4. Something So Right9. St. Judy's Comet
5. One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor10. Loves Me Like a Rock


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"The first time I heard this record, I thought it was quite boring. After the second time, 'One Man's Ceiling.' started to stick in my head. By the fifth listen I loved it. By the sixth listen I knew it was one of my favorite-ever records. There's a wonderful subtlety to it. Nothing is overplayed or over extended (an occasional problem on some Simon and Garfunkel records- for example, the messy strings part of 'Old Friends'). It never gets self-indulgent (a problem with 'Paul Simon').

I find 'St Judy's Comet' quite touching; 'One Man's Ceiling' almost sounds like a nod to BB King and Kodachrome has a great 'tight' sound. While people like McCartney and Townshend dived heard first into semi-prog rock bobbins, in an attempt to come up with something that would wow the critics, Simon stuck to what he knew and made little changes to keep the music sounding fresh.

Rhymin' Simon is not a record that changed the face of music, but it was never meant to be so. It was a slice of life and if that's what you're looking for, you'll love it."


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Artist: Paul Simon

Released: May 5, 1973

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum

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