Thursday, October 06, 2005:

Paul Simon -- Run That Body Down

running across a bridge from a train
Paul Simon -- Run That Body Down
I have a long-standing affection for Simon's work: it strikes me as instantly accessible, often cheerful, sometimes wry, sometimes hiding (or not hiding) a deeper melancholy. It's almost always got a solid melody with some warm harmonies, a sense that the song wasn't written so much as discovered: a buried statue dug, prised, and dusted free. The work is often timeless, but it's not a fly trapped in amber: it stays vibrant, no worse for wear, tending to a need you didn't know you had.

This track is from Simon's solo debut, which is 11 tracks of pop bliss (14 if you get the re-release with demoes of "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" and "Duncan" and an alternate version of "Paranoia Blues").


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