11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released during the tense final years of apartheid, Paul Simon's Graceland introduced the buoyant textures of South African township music to vast international audiences. Simon’s collaborative genius—which calls on Los Lobos, Zydeco legend Good Rockin’ Dopsie, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo—invented a new musical language and earned a 1987 GRAMMY® for Album of the Year. The fractured narratives and emotionally fragile characters are unforgettable—whether it's the divorcé and his kid en route to Graceland, the unattainable girl with diamonds on the soles of her shoes, or the soft-in-the-middle hero of “You Can Call Me Al."

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Released during the tense final years of apartheid, Paul Simon's Graceland introduced the buoyant textures of South African township music to vast international audiences. Simon’s collaborative genius—which calls on Los Lobos, Zydeco legend Good Rockin’ Dopsie, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo—invented a new musical language and earned a 1987 GRAMMY® for Album of the Year. The fractured narratives and emotionally fragile characters are unforgettable—whether it's the divorcé and his kid en route to Graceland, the unattainable girl with diamonds on the soles of her shoes, or the soft-in-the-middle hero of “You Can Call Me Al."

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Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Old Thom ,

Instant classic

1-2 stars? Foolish wee bunnies. There have been many songwriters capable of melding different genres, and some even different cultures. There have been many albums that paint a series of very different pictures while adhering to a single musical theme and style. Very few, however, manage both as well as Graceland - and almost none sound just as fresh and clever now as they did then. This is clever songwriting people, but more important still: it just sounds great.

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