Saturday, May 25, 2024

Hear (Here) Tracks from Paul Simon’s Extraordinary New Album “Stranger to Stranger”


Paul Simon’s “Stranger to Stranger” is just a handful of songs and an instrumental called “The Clock.” The album is a tableau of percussion juxtaposed with Simon’s storytelling lyrics– short stories indeed. “Stranger to Stranger” is a clever and remarkable short work. It’s so interesting that Simon, David Bowie, Graham Nash, and a few other legacy artists had great records this year since a) no one wants to release them and b) they don’t sell. But ok. These guys are well beyond anything being released by today’s poppers.

Here are some tracks.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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