A (Brief) Review of Paul Simon’s “Graceland”

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AS ONE OF THE WHITEST PEOPLE ON PLANET EARTH WHO JUST WISHES THEY COULD HANG OUT WITH REALLY COOL BLACK PEOPLE WITHOUT MAKING AN EMBARRASSING ASS OUT OF THEMSELVES, I REALLY IDENTIFY WITH PAUL HERE.

I WANNA BE THE LION KING TOO, PAUL.  I WANNA BE THE LION KING TOO.

YES I KNOW THIS CAME OUT BEFORE THE LION KING SHUT UP IT’S FUNNY.

Seriously though, the songwriting is alright, but the whole thing’s just really lame and gimmicky and the blend of shitty ’80s mainstream pop production and awkward insertion of traditional African musical styles (Mbaqanga, Mbube) offends my ears.  I feel really uncool listening to this, and not ‘awesome cheesy ELO/ABBA’ uncool, but ‘someone would be in the right to kick my ass for listening to it’ uncool.  But I think it’s earnest in its own creepy little way.  I think…

That bass breakdown in “You Can Call Me Al” is legitimately hilarious, so points for that.

And I kinda like “The Boy in the Bubble” and “Gumboots”.  Kinda.  Patti Smith covered the first one later.  It had dulcimer.  That was alright.

Fuck, I’m a cynic.

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“The Boy in the Bubble”:

 

Patti’s version:

 

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