14 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his proper follow-up to Graceland, Simon introduces addictive Latin rhythms to sprightly West African guitars. Opening with the joyous massed drumming of “The Obvious Child,” from there he wields his soothing, conversational vocals to ponder modern life’s complexities, finding hope on the gospel-tinged “The Cool, Cool River.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

On his proper follow-up to Graceland, Simon introduces addictive Latin rhythms to sprightly West African guitars. Opening with the joyous massed drumming of “The Obvious Child,” from there he wields his soothing, conversational vocals to ponder modern life’s complexities, finding hope on the gospel-tinged “The Cool, Cool River.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

erzulieloo ,

one of my favorites

the itunes review is off. this is just a completely beautiful, perfect and complete album.

fjroigheuryt3948752-904w[urqr' ,

So hugely underrated it makes me cry.

Not only is this undoubtedly Paul's best album since Graceland, it might just be his best of all time. With extraordinarily prolific songwriting, every track is a blend of creativeness, each song as beautifully unique as the last. The songs are obviously influenced by traditional African music, even more so than his lastest album "So Beautiful or So What", which was a great album, but is wrongly named his best since Graceland. This is one of those albums that you never want to end, because it never lets you down. For a lesser artist, each song on this album would be on a "Greatest Hits" album. "The Rhythm of the Saints" is aptly named, as it is definitely saint-like in the music world. This album deserves five stars, but sadly was not given that honor. And that is a travesty, because this is definitely one of the best albums of the last decade. This is my personal favorite Paul Simon album, even beating his 1972 album "Paul Simon" and everybody's favorite "Graceland". If you took the time to read this review and you are still reading now, let me recommend this album to you if you are even slightly interested in Simon's music or want to listen to something as creative and masterful as most music gets.

Bogwerx ,

So Much better than "So What"

I've seen a few reviews of Paul's most recent effort, "So Beautiful or So What", proclaiming it his best album since "Graceland". Well, I disagree. "Saints" not only deserves that title, but arguably earns the distinction of being his best work. In my opinion, Paul's songwriting on this album is stonger, more challenging and overall smarter than its predecessor, showing more maturation- an achievement for someone who wrote "Sounds of Silence" nearly 30 years prior.

Give this album a chance- it may take several listens to appreciate fully, but it's worth it!

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