Christmas was a few months go that the song that opens Paul Simon‘s So Beautiful or So What, seems late to the party.
On “Getting Ready for Christmas Day,” a sample of a 1941 sermon by Rev. J.M. Gates anchors a contemporary mortality tale. And that sets the mood for Simon’s musings on reaching the Pearly Gates “The Afterlife” another standout track on the CD
The Rhythm of the Saints features beautiful guitars rifts that invokes religious undertones. But Simon returns to speaking in straight ahead rock and roll “Love & Blessings.”
Beautiful or So What doubtlessly will rank with Paul Simon’s best.