CD Harper Simon [Digipak] (CD 6236968),
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Harper Simon [Digipak]

  • 1. All to God
    2. Wishes and Stars
    3. Audit, The
    4. Shooting Star
    5. Tennessee
    6. Ha Ha
    7. Cactus Flower Rag
    8. All I Have Are Memories
    9. Shine, The
    10. Berkeley Girl
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 557

  • Credits
    ProducerHarper Simon
    EngineerChris Constable; Charles Goodan; Arne Frager; Ben Arons; Andrew Lynch

    Personnel: Rob Moose, Danielle Farina (violin); Joan Wasser (viola); Dave Eggar (cello); Will Vinson (flute, saxophone); Louis Schwadron (French horn).
    Audio Mixers: Tom Rothrock; Mike Tarantino.
    Just barely topping the 30-minute mark, Harper Simon's debut LP gives a quick, breezy look at the songwriting skills of Paul Simon's oldest son. Harper, who previously cut his teeth in the cabaret-punk outfit Menlo Park, switches gears for this solo outing, which emphasizes lush arrangements and folksy melodies over Menlo Park's noisy stomp. The new style also highlights the influence the edler Simon, with his distinctive timbre and phrasing channeled throughout. With its finger-plucked guitar riffs and vocal harmonies, "Berkeley Girl" recalls vintage Simon & Garfunkel, while songs like "The Shine" and "The Audit" feature the same lush, rainy-day folk trappings that his dad helped popularize several decades prior.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is well-crafted, breezily pretty melodies keep you coming back."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Simon mostly sounds pretty-sad and flows like water down a hill, harmonising high and gentle."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Harper's voice -- comforting, softly spoken, slightly nerdy -- is a ringer for his old man's. The similarity is particularly evident on the unaccompanied folksy numbers 'Ha Ha' and 'Berkeley Girl'..."
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