Never Been Gone

  • Record Label: Iris
  • Release Date: Oct 26, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Underproducing these performances mostly works wonderfully.
  2. What Simon does here is flip through the musical photo album and talk honestly about what place those old memories hold in her life now.
  3. Its hybrid format allows Simon to revisit the songs of her youth in illuminating and poignant ways.
  4. If at times the impression left is too breezy (the elephant in the career that is You’re So Vain sounds almost embarrassed to be here), at others it’s extremely potent.
  5. Uncut
    When they do get it right, as when highlighting the acerbic lyrics of "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" or cleverly flexing the groove of "Coming Around Again," you can see why it semed a good idea. [Apr 2010, p.98]
  6. Mojo
    The results is mixed, but at times instinctive and powerful. [Apr 2010, p.93]
  7. This kind of "redo-the-hits" project--very common from veteran artists in the 21st century--is almost always a mixed bag, and Never Been Gone is no exception.
  8. Q Magazine
    Mostly, syrupy arrangements and obscure song choices spoil the flow. [Apr 2010, p.119]
  9. If Simon wanted to cock the ears of a new generation of fans, Never Been Gone is a sure misfire, since the record contains neither strong vocal takes nor inspiring versions of her best material.
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  1. Davidf
    Dec 1, 2009
    These remakes are mostly pointless. At times they are even grating.