Picks and Pans Review: Paul Simon

UPDATED 05/29/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/29/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

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The literate, lilting touch displayed on Paul Simon's first studio album since 2000's You're the One should come as no surprise to fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who is still crafty after all these years. While his latest doesn't reach the heights of, say, 1986's Grammy-winning Graceland, this is artful music full of subtle pleasures that don't just slip and slide away but deepen after each listen. Just check out the rhythmic textures of songs like "Sure Don't Feel Like Love," which nimbly glides across a light jazz-funk groove. Or soak up the soothing, Latin-inflected atmospherics of "Another Galaxy." Elsewhere, on the gospel-tinged "Wartime Prayers," Simon offers sweet comfort "for every family scattered and broken."
[3 stars]

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