Paul Simon really is a genius. I have been listening to this album for a very long time. It is incredible. It grabs you from the beginning and never lets go. I grew up about a mile or two from Paul and Art in Forest Hills, New York. Unfortunately, I never met them. Great music.
By Abby Knowlton
This album will most likely be my favorite for the rest of my life. Graceland truly stands the test of time. Simon manages to tell his own stories in such a manner that you're certain you've been there before. Crazy Love Vol II is my personal favorite off this album. Graceland is most likely the best album of all time, at least the best I'll ever hear.
These songs sound slightly sped up compared to how I recall them from the CD.
This album found it's way into the cutout bins early on after it's release. If your hard core Paul Simon you can stomach it. But if your looking for really good music , go elsewhere. This album is bad. If I-Tunes was giving this away I would not waste the storage space on my computor.
His last bit of greatness
go for it!
A legendary rip off
The stories about Paul Simon ripping off the real talent on this album are legion. A lovely record to listen to . . . if you do not know the real story.
Test of Time
I remember hearing these songs while traveling to wrestling tournaments. Paul Simon has always amazed me with his seemingly down to earth character. I've mowed many lawns while listening to this tape. I've somehow lost my purchase from iTunes but, I still have a few of the songs on one of his greatest hits compilations. The reviews, with the exception of TimmyDs and a couple of others, have been dead on accurate. TimmyD, I'm still shaking my head and wondering what it is you actually listen to. This man is one of the greatest poets and song writers of a few generations.
Mostly good summer pop
This album his hit and miss - with more hit than miss. Even the misses have elements of things that I like in the song. It's great summer pop at its best and weird Rusted Root meets Coming to America soundtrack at it's worst.
Two of his best songs are found on here in Diamonds and You Can Call Me Al. They're classic hits and two staples on my summer playlist. His pioneering smooth vocals are also in top form here. I've always loved how breezy his singing is on this album. There are many people who've modeled thier vocals after Paul's style of singing. Josh Rouse springs to mind as someone who seems to have been primarily influenced by this album.
A couple of songs were not worth keeping, however. I wanted to like Homeless, but it was just too far out there. I also didn't love the occasional zydeco feel on a couple of the songs like Boy In The Bubble. And the freaky background vocals on I Know What I Know ruined a potential classic. They sounded like flamingos on Ritalin. It's such a shame, because it took a 4 star song down to a 2 star song. Minus the terrible background singing, it's a great song otherwise.
This album is primarily made up of 3 star songs. There's 0 five star songs, 2 four star songs, 5 three star songs, 1 two star song, and 3 throwaways.
Maybe I wouldn't have appreciated this album as a younger man.
I'm occasionally blown away by an album - the writing, the music, the instrumentation, the actual performance itself. "Graceland" is one of those albums. And, how I've never listened to it in its entirety until today, I may never know. But, I'm glad I "discovered" it after all of these years.
Hands down one of Paul Simon's best albums I love how he incorporated the Maskandi style with his rock style it meshed well. I see now why him, Johnny Clegg, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo got along so well. Their live performances of these types of songs are timeless I wish I owned them all cause they are awesome.