by Paul Simon
- Record Label: Warner Bros.
- Release Date: May 9, 2006
- Summary: The singer-songwriter's first solo album in six years also marks his first collaboration with legendary producer and artist Brian Eno. (Finally, a worthy successor to Garfunkel!) Bill Frisell and Herbie Hancock guest.
- Record Label: Warner Bros.
- Genre(s): Rock, Singer-Songwriter
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|Father And Daughter|
|If you leap awake In the mirror of a bad dream And for a fraction of a second You can't remember where you are Just open your window And follow your...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 20 out of 23
Mixed: 3 out of 23
Negative: 0 out of 23
It's a bravura performance on both men's part.... A thrilling return to form.
Unlike such deservedly praised comeback albums from some of his peers -- such as Dylan's Love and Theft, the Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang, Paul McCartney's Chaos and Creation in the Backyard -- Simon doesn't achieve his comeback by reconnecting with the sound and spirit of his classic work; he has achieved it by being as restless and ambitious as he was at his popular and creative peak, which makes Surprise all the more remarkable.
It’s almost as good as ['Hearts & Bones'], and likely to be as undervalued, but don’t worry: give it 20 years and its cadenced ruminations and instantly dated production will get some love from the usual suspects.
New Musical Express (NME)This surprise is an entirely pleasant one. [27 May 2006, p.33]
An ambitious and challenging work full of sonic experimentation and oblique lyrics.
BlenderSimon wasn't born to sing over drum & bass. [Jun 2006, p.148]
Positive: 39 out of 42
Mixed: 1 out of 42
Negative: 2 out of 42
TiagoAOct 20, 2009Beautiful record!!!
DaleKMay 23, 2006This is a great album! Paul's phrasing is confident, assured, each note is perfect. The music is interesting, and the sound thru This is a great album! Paul's phrasing is confident, assured, each note is perfect. The music is interesting, and the sound thru headphones is spacey and pleasant. A CD that will make you happy.… Expand
stevepJun 20, 2006Once again, Paul reinvents himself-A fresh new sound. This CD will get in your head and stay there-it is contagious. The lyrics and melodies Once again, Paul reinvents himself-A fresh new sound. This CD will get in your head and stay there-it is contagious. The lyrics and melodies are fantastic and the band showcasing Gadd on drums with Eno's landscapes will have you hooked.… Expand
ScottAMay 15, 2006Dylan has been given credit throughout his career for reinventions of himself. I find Simon's work here to be much the same and with Dylan has been given credit throughout his career for reinventions of himself. I find Simon's work here to be much the same and with similarly startling results. So much of the writing here is genuinely moving. Wartime Prayers is remarkable in saying a great deal with few words. I have been a fan forever with a few exceptions. This one ranks up there with Graceland, Hearts and Bones, Still Crazy and Rhymin' Simon. Thanks Paul, we needed this.… Expand
JeffSJan 5, 2007After the 3rd listen, its the best "new" sound I've heard in years. Wonderful poetry (not that I'm a bit poetry fan), good Simon After the 3rd listen, its the best "new" sound I've heard in years. Wonderful poetry (not that I'm a bit poetry fan), good Simon rythms, and I love the Eno background.… Expand
Mar 24, 2012Better than Graceland... there... I said it. It's very easy to write off artists from the sixties who still record these days. This isBetter than Graceland... there... I said it. It's very easy to write off artists from the sixties who still record these days. This is understandable given that it's 30 odd years since the last good Rolling Stones song and the best thing a Beatle has done since '69 has been Thomas the Tank Engine. What Simon has done here though should appeal to people who don't even read Mojo magazine. It is a wonderful record. 'How Can You Live in the Northeast' could have been written by Arcade Fire, 'Father and Daughter' is just beautiful. Well worth the purchase.… Expand
CMiddlemanJun 10, 2006good goddamn, this record is insipid
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