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Seven Psalms

Paul Simon

Seven Psalms

Fifteenth studio album from the veteran singer-songwriter is a completely acoutic affair

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  1. 10.0 |   The Observer

    The veteran singer-songwriter ponders faith and mortality in seven beautiful, impressionistic movements
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  2. 10.0 |   The FT

    The 81-year-old’s first album of new material in seven years bridges mysticism and melodicism
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  3. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    The result is this, a thing of beauty, with Simon sounding as if he’s discovered a new way of thinking, a new meaning to life
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  4. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Seven Psalms is, more than anything else, a thematic experience
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  5. 8.3 |   Kerrang!

    Surveying the scene, looking back on the past, not worried about the legacy but focused on the final notes
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Seven Psalms is Paul Simon’s 15th solo album and in it, he confronts his mortality head-on and wonders about God, the reasons for existence, and death
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  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There is an ebb and flow of melody, Simon’s voice now fragile but still 100% his own instrument
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    In its still-life reflections, Seven Psalms doesn't play like a summation as much as an epilogue to a major artist's career, music that doesn't deepens appreciation for his lasting achievements, of which this mini-suite is certainly one
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    One of the most compelling and stone-cold beautiful albums Simon has ever made. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It would be a magnificent way to end a magnificent career, but Simon probably has more ideas in him. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    In equal parts touching and thought provoking, here is a work that reaches the very depths of the human soul
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  12. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    The veteran songwriter contemplates faith on a quiet, ambitious 33-minute suite. It becomes more surreal—and even funny—the deeper into it you get
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  13. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    With Seven Psalms, Simon has tried his hand at something new and has succeeded. He manages to address the subject of mortality in an intriguing fashion — never maudlin. He’s still full of surprises, isn’t he?
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  14. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    Like Dylan, he rarely reveals himself except in song. Seven Psalms is certainly an intriguing album, but not necessarily one that will reflect the faith of his followers
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