So Beautiful or So What is Paul Simon’s 10th studio album as a solo musician, and his first since 2006. Simon said about the record it reminds him of his 1972 solo debut Paul Simon. New single The Afterlife echoes the beautiful world-music of Paul Simon at his best with African guitar accompaniment. This Spring, Simon will be at The Borgata on his 17-date tour of small venues playing tunes from the new record as well as lost gems from Simon and Garfunkel.
[photogallerylink id=35247 align=left]Like his solo debut, So Beautiful or So What is sparsely produced and intentionally simple. ”I didn’t want to build the record too much,” he explains. ”Once I put two or three guitars on, that was all.” It does however feature Paul Simon dabbling for the first time in sampling, using Sonny Terry blues-harp in Love Is Eternal Sacred Light. “That opened up a whole new world. I like things that sound old and new at the same time,” he says. He also uses a bluegrass vocal group on the track Dazzling Blue.
[pullquote quote=”…Late in the evening, who knows, I might pick up my acoustic guitar and sing whatever comes into my mind.” credit=”Paul Simon”]Paul Simon will be at The Borgata on May 28th playing new tunes, old gems, Simon and Garfunkel hits, as well as deep solo cuts. Simon explains his decision to stick to 3,000 seat theaters and clubs: ”I want to play a lot of music from the new album and music from my repertoire that I either haven’t played in concert or have played very seldom– move it away from a greatest hits show that’s more appropriate to an arena. I want to let the band be freer. I’m actually really looking forward to this tour. I’ll play a few songs by other people, maybe a couple of Simon and Garfunkel songs. And then late in the evening, who knows, I might pick up my acoustic guitar and sing whatever comes into my mind. That’s the fun of clubs, it’s looser. I can come at it all from a place that’s fresh.”