You're the One - Paul Simon
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  1. No one weds the conversational and cosmological -- or acoustic pop and ethnological studies -- quite so gracefully.
  2. The stripped-down arrangements and meditative flavor of the songs bring to mind such uncluttered efforts as 1983's Hearts and Bones or even Simon's 1972 solo debut.
  3. "Somewhere in a burst of glory/Sound becomes a song/I'm bound to tell a story/That's where I belong," Simon sings on the new album's opening track, and the comfort and command he displays throughout You're the One demonstrate that he's right.
  4. But its modesty is its weakness. For the last 15 years, Simon has been rejuvenating himself with challenges, with awkward collaborations and unusual idioms, testing and experimenting with his talent. With this collection of gentle, wry ballads and witty, shuffly songs he is, nearly, just coasting on it. Not that this makes 'You're The One' a bad album. It just makes it an ominous one.
  5. On his new album, You're the One, the singer's lyrics are masterful as ever, but their emotional punch is compromised considerably by syrupy melodies and uninspired production.
  6. Though not exactly a bad album, when contrasted to the remarkable Graceland and Rhythm Of The Saints, it sounds as arbitrary as a collection of B-sides.

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  1. MartinR
    Dec 1, 2006
    How can you get belly laughs out of wicked social criticism? "Pig, Sheep and Wolves" will show you. Looking for love? Try "Darling Lorraine" and "You're the One" for loves lost from two sides of the coin. This is brilliant stuff. Expand
  2. DaveM.
    Apr 27, 2002
    Darling Lorraine is for me a brilliant song It seems to encapsulste both sides of any modern relationship Never been as moved since Rene & Georgette Magrit. Decades gliding by like indians..... Expand
  3. Jason
    Aug 27, 2002
    Quite beautiful. If you enjoyed either of Simon's last two major solo efforts, you will, upon a second or third listening, truly love this album. Expand
  4. nancys
    Jul 10, 2005
    The more I have listened to this album the more I have learned to like it. It has steadily grown on me until it is one of my favorite albums.
  5. Nov 21, 2010
    A very good album. So it isn't quite the masterpiece that Rhythm of the Saints and Graceland were, but it is still pretty remarkable, especially as it represents an unprecedented fifth decade of great music from one of America's most talented artistic geniuses. To put it into context, I can't think of any other musician who has ever managed more than three decades of great work. Expand
  6. JohnL
    Jul 24, 2006
    I'm giving it an "8", but it could be an "9"...It is a step up from "The Capeman", which was his least rewarding solo work on every level. I could almost consider a 9 because he is probably as great a lyricist as this is, or ever has been, and it still shows here, despite amore subdued feel overall. Excluding The Capeman's self limiting concept, Paul Simon's works have grown to be more and more Spiritual since the mid-80's (not that he wasn't so before, just moreso after then), and it really works to his advantage here, as the songsmithing and depth of subject help to invigorate what is a more laid back work sonically speaking. Musically is feels a bit like "One Trick Pony"; which itself feels like a little bit lesser of a version of "Still Crazy After All These Years". Feeling wise it falls in with those two works. Hurricane Eye and Old are my favorites, and it has some beautiful moments, but it certainly isn't as jaw dropping as his most impressive "Suprise" for example...which is a "10" for me. Expand

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