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Produced by Phil Ramone and Paul Simon, the ten track album – his 12th solo studio record - sees Simon crafting his songs around harmony and song structure instead of the beat-driven form of writing which has inspired him since the mid-1980s.
Recording the demos in the equipment packed cottage next to his house in Connecticut, guitarist Vincent Nguini and percussionist Steve Shehan offered up their talents, as did Grizzly Bear’s drummer, Chris Bear, who contributed electronic drum parts.
Taking more than a year to perfect, Simon has revealed that ‘So Beautiful or So What’ reminds him of his very first solo release, his acclaimed 1972 album ‘Paul Simon’.
“This remarkable, thoughtful, often joyful record deserves to be recognised as among Paul Simon’s very finest achievements” – Elvis Costello.
Andy says: Another mega record by the ageless (er..) septuagenarian. Shiftng grooves, floaty melodies, cool ensemble playing. Thoughtful and tastefully done.