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In The Blue Light

Paul Simon

In The Blue Light

Fourteenth studio album from the veteran singer-songwriter consists of new recordings of some of his lesser known songs

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  1. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Wistful new treatments of old gems
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  2. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    He won’t like this one bit, but looking back suits him
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    In short, a welcome retelling. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A new coat of paint for some faded old songs
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    If this is his final recording, it’s a low-key one, but it shines a worthy light on some overlooked gems
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  6. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Paul Simon has always been ahead of his critics and peers in many ways
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Whether this is to be Paul Simon’s final studio album remains to be seen, but if so it’s a fine way to bring the curtain down on one of the most impressive canons in musical history
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  8. 7.0 |   Uncut

    In The Blue Light might thus be a rather tardy, and expensive, way of going with his initial instincts. Print edition only

  9. 6.0 |   The Independent

    There’s no neat theme uniting the songs Simon has chosen: they are contemplative and melancholic one moment, silly and absurdist the next
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  10. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    New versions of deep cuts from throughout his solo career remind us he’s still a perfectionist after all these years
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  11. 6.0 |   All Music

    Everything on In the Blue Light is deliberate, gentle, and subtle, placing as much emphasis on the words and melody as the instrumentation, which isn't necessarily the case with the dense original albums
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