Here is an excerpt from a new review of Paul Simon's "Songwriter" collection, published by The New York Times:
"True to a lifelong aesthetic of concision, Paul Simon cherry-picked his catalog down to 32 songs on 'Songwriter." ... Most of the choices weren't hits, but songs that are rightfully a craftsman's pride: skeins of rhythms; melodies that, artfully, seem as natural as conversation; stories told in glances; harmonies that can be beautifully labyrinthine or three-chord basic; and a world of collaborations that place his voice in environments along every gradient. ... Through the decades, the lyrics confess to uncertainty, longing and regret, while the music confidently and elegantly refutes them."
Read more at The New York Times.