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Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel - Sounds of Silence

Sounds of Silence

(1966), 6.5/10
While Paul Simon was attempting to launch his music career in London, producers at Columbia Records noticed that the song ‘The Sound of Silence’ from Wednesday Morning 3.A.M. had gained a following among college students. Electric backing was added to the track, and it was released as a single, reaching the top of the US charts. Simon was rushed back to New York to record an accompanying album, and it’s hardly surprising that the result also sounds a little rushed.

Most of the songs are recycled from earlier projects; the title track from Wednesday Morning 3.A.M. is reworked into ‘Somewhere They Can’t Find Me’, while many of the other songs are taken from The Paul Simon Songbook. Even with the cobbled together nature of the album, there’s a lot more quality on this release than the previous record – the brooding ‘I Am A Rock’ is the other well known track from this release, but there’s also the gentle ‘April Come She Will’ and the yearning ‘Kathy’s Song’, as well as the pop oriented ‘We’ve Got A Groovy Thing Going’, but they’re nestled alongside the mawkish ‘A Most Peculiar Man’ and ‘Richard Corey’.

Sounds of Silence is an entertaining listen, but it’s a hastily compiled album by a duo still learning their craft, and they’d soon start making even strong records..

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