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- Posted on Jan 21st 2011 1:00PM by Chris Mugan
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Set for release in April, 'So Beautiful or So What' is a 10-track effort that focuses on Simon's guitar playing and strong lyrical nous. In a press statement, he admitted to rediscovering a style that he had avoided since the mid-'80s.
"Since 'Graceland,' I've always made the record based on either making the tracks or the percussion first," Simon said. "This time the stimuli was a guitar in my lap. That takes me back to 'Still Crazy After All These Years' or 'Something So Right.'"
Not that Simon has entirely lost his interest in world music rhythms -- 'The Afterlife' has Simon wryly imagining filling in forms to enter the next world over a soca beat.
For a taster, you can hear 'Getting Ready for Christmas Day,' a strident number from the album released last November, here. 'So Beautiful or So What' is out April 11 on Hear Music/Concord Music Group.
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