REVIEW: Stranger to Stranger

July 18, 2017
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By Connor Armenti  One of America’s greatest living songwriters such as Paul Simon really didn’t need to put out a new record if you think about it. With a back catalogue of both solo and Simon & Garfunkel material, hit and deep cuts alike, he easily could have rested on his well-earned laurels. But with his 2016 record Stranger to Stranger he continues to defy the word “retire”, treating us to his signature pumping, flowing grooves, irreverently unconventional and exotic instrumentation and even more irreverent musings on contemporary Western life. From utilising McNuggets as a metaphor for the woes of capitalism to a guitarist unable to enter his own band’s venue due to lack of wristband, Simon exhibits a wit of slightly more dryness in his lyrics, while still managing to maintain his poetic everyman expressions on tracks like “Insomniac’s Lullaby” and the theme for Louis CK’s online sleeper hit “Horace and Pete”.

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Review: Stranger to Stranger

Paul Simon

Overall Score
9

By Connor Armenti 

One of America’s greatest living songwriters such as Paul Simon really didn’t need to put out a new record if you think about it. With a back catalogue of both solo and Simon & Garfunkel material, hit and deep cuts alike, he easily could have rested on his well-earned laurels. But with his 2016 record Stranger to Stranger he continues to defy the word “retire”, treating us to his signature pumping, flowing grooves, irreverently unconventional and exotic instrumentation and even more irreverent musings on contemporary Western life. From utilising McNuggets as a metaphor for the woes of capitalism to a guitarist unable to enter his own band’s venue due to lack of wristband, Simon exhibits a wit of slightly more dryness in his lyrics, while still managing to maintain his poetic everyman expressions on tracks like “Insomniac’s Lullaby” and the theme for Louis CK’s online sleeper hit “Horace and Pete”.

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