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By Sam Sutherland

One of Paul Simon's most accomplished albums, Hearts & Bones is also among his least appreciated, a commercial disappointment at the time of its release due more to Simon's darker themes than to any discernible decline in his powers as a songwriter or instincts as a producer. The best songs here are among his most nakedly self-referential, from the bittersweet title song, sifting through the ashes of his failed marriage, to the self-recriminating "Think Too Much (a)" (as if to prove the point, he includes two songs with the title) and the fatalistic "Train in the Distance." "René and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War" is a polished gem, both a musical analogue to the artist's dead- pan surrealism and a unique love song, and "The Late Great Johnny Ace" links the slain doo-wopper to the slain John Lennon. If there were justice in the set's cool reception, it was Simon's subsequent decision to ignore commercial stratagems altogether--a leap that yielded his next, groundbreaking album, Graceland.

1. Allergies6. Think Too Much
2. Hearts and Bones7. Train in the Distance
3. When Numbers Get Serious8. Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
4. Think Too Much9. Cars Are Cars
5. Song About the Moon10. Late Great Johnny Ace


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"I was young and single when I bought my first copy of Hearts and Bones. More than twenty years and several album copies later, I am still listening to it. The onslaught of middle age and the realities of my own marital affair have only made the music and its lyrics more personal and meaningful to me.

There's really not one song in the album that I like more than the others, but if I would be forced to choose, I'd pick Train in the Distance and Rene and Georgette Magritte as my favorites. I'd throw in the title song, too, and Allergies, and Cars.....As I said, I like ALL of them.

For me, it is the intense, introspective poetry of the lyrics more than its clean vocals and fresh rhythms which make this album a truly indispensable part of my Paul Simon collection."

--Ed Cruz

"YES!! Hearts and Bones is far better than its sales suggest, mainly due to the lyrical genius which shines through every track, poetry only matched on Rhythm of the Saints. Savour every juxtaposition!"

--GP John

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Artist: Paul Simon

Released: October 1, 1983

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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