11 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Paul Simon was performing solo in England and Art Garfunkel was attending graduate school when “The Sounds Of Silence” topped the singles charts in January 1966. Its success prompted them to re-form as a duo and record an album named for their unexpected hit single. Released later that year, Sounds Of Silence features the fine-etched songwriting and luminous harmonies that would typify later S&G albums in still more refined form. Its songs — even those dressed up in electric rock arrangements — are mostly rooted in acoustic folk traditions. “April Come She Will,” “Leaves That Are Green” and “Kathy’s Song” are slightly formal musings on love and aging, graced by the melodic brilliance Simon would develop in the years ahead. “Richard Cory” and “A Most Peculiar Man” are social commentaries wrapped in character sketches. Paul and Art lighten up a little for the lightly-rocking “Somewhere They Can’t Find Me” and “We’ve Got A Groovey Thing Goin’.” Existential angst and folk-rock instrumentation come together on the title song and “I Am A Rock,” as uplifting musically as they are downbeat lyrically. Overall, the first stirrings of the duo’s future greatness can be heard loud and clear on Sounds Of Silence.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Paul Simon was performing solo in England and Art Garfunkel was attending graduate school when “The Sounds Of Silence” topped the singles charts in January 1966. Its success prompted them to re-form as a duo and record an album named for their unexpected hit single. Released later that year, Sounds Of Silence features the fine-etched songwriting and luminous harmonies that would typify later S&G albums in still more refined form. Its songs — even those dressed up in electric rock arrangements — are mostly rooted in acoustic folk traditions. “April Come She Will,” “Leaves That Are Green” and “Kathy’s Song” are slightly formal musings on love and aging, graced by the melodic brilliance Simon would develop in the years ahead. “Richard Cory” and “A Most Peculiar Man” are social commentaries wrapped in character sketches. Paul and Art lighten up a little for the lightly-rocking “Somewhere They Can’t Find Me” and “We’ve Got A Groovey Thing Goin’.” Existential angst and folk-rock instrumentation come together on the title song and “I Am A Rock,” as uplifting musically as they are downbeat lyrically. Overall, the first stirrings of the duo’s future greatness can be heard loud and clear on Sounds Of Silence.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

Nothing_Rhymes_With_Circus ,

Beautiful.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Please, please, purchase this. It will set your soul free and make you understand just what music should sound like.

mattymattyo ,

DO NOT BUY

yes, this is brilliant music. but why the ____ does itunes have an un-remastered version AND a remastered version ? i bought a song off this album and the quality wasn't fantastic. i then discovered that there's a remastered version of this album that sounds awesome. do yourself a favor, do another search and buy songs off of that version instead!

Balzin ,

A Fanatastic Album

Please, I beg all of you, even if you do not like Simon & Garfunkel from the samples (or other songs of theirs that you have heard), purchase this album. The entire thing.

This is nothing short of a masterpeice, matched only by Bride Over Troubled Water. Not only is it full of style, poise, and talent, but it also contains some of the most meaningful lyrics you will ever find. The CD sounds much like an electroic version of The Beatles pre-psychadelia. Top tracks, in my opinion, are the title track, Somewhere They Can't Find Me, Richard Cory, and I Am a Rock. Honestly, words cant describe this album. Just buy it.

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