Still Crazy After All These Years
The background for Still Crazy After All These Years was Simon’s failed marriage. There are some terrific tracks, as you’d expect from Simon in his prime, but a lot of the lesser material on Still Crazy amounts to Simon intoning self-justifying lyrics like “I like to sleep with the window open. And you keep the window closed. So good-bye” against a jazzy backdrop. At least the good material on Still Crazy is very strong – ‘Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover’ was a number one, an inspired combination of a Steve Gadd drum groove and a rhyming game that Simon played with his infant son, while ‘Gone At Last’ is a rollicking gospel duet with Phoebe Snow. The title track is a pop standard, while ‘My Little Town’ reunites Simon with Garfunkel in the studio for the only time since their breakup. Elsewhere, ‘Silent Eyes’ is a nice moody closer, but overall the album tracks on this album are the weakest on a Simon release since Sounds of Silence. Somehow Still Crazy After All These Years won the Grammy for album of the year, but surely there were dozens of better albums released in 1975….