Seven Psalms

Paul Simon

Legacy, 2023

REVIEW BY: David Bowling


Paul Simon is now in his early 80s and his new music, in many ways, reflects his age.  my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Seven Psalms is a religious, spiritual, and philosophical release. His music has always had a thoughtful quality and his new release builds upon and expands previous themes.

The album is unique for Simon in that there are no individual tracks. There are seven titles, but the songs run into one another with no breaks. It is made to be listened to as a whole, rather than picking out individual pieces. It is also a short release, clocking in at 33 minutes, and so does not overstay its welcome.

It is mostly an acoustic affair, with Simon front and center. His guitar playing is intricate and precise with subtle layers. His voice, on the other hand, is not as strong as that of his younger years, as he is not able to soar anymore.

“The Lord,” “Love Is Like A Braid,” “My Professional Opinion,” “Your Forgiveness,” “Trail Of Volcanoes,” “The Sacred Hand,” and “Wait With The Lord” flow effortlessly from one to the other. It is an example of the whole being better than the parts, as no one song stands out, but when taken together, it is a good and soothing listening experience.

Seven Psalms is a take it or leave it album. You will either like it or not so much. Paul Simon has released a personal and different type album, and at his age that counts for a lot.

Rating: B

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