For more than five decades, Paul Simon has exerted a massive influence over the American musical landscape. From precocious teen pop upstart in the Fifties to prophetic folk icon in the Sixties and globalist-minded, breathtakingly poetic solo singer-songwriter in the Seventies, Eighties and beyond, he has consistently found ways to both remain relevant and reinvent his sound. Rolling Stone has now published a guide to his life’s work, from 1957 up through the present, of what it considers to be Paul’s essential albums.
Among them, David Fricke writes that Paul’s latest album, Stranger to Stranger, “is an emotionally visceral, darkly funny set of tall tales and streetwise discourse” and “ingeniously eccentric fusions, binding familiar strains in Simon’s solo work.”
Read the complete guide at Rolling Stone.