[71] Simon And Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme (1966)


22 Dic 2008, 22:31

Simon and Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Things I knew about Simon And Garfunkel:
- The song Mrs. Robinson
- The song Bridge Over Troubled Water
- The song The Sound Of Silence
- The song I Am A Rock
- They are the ultimate folkies
... And that's all!

Because of my impression of them as the ultimate folkies, I wasn't really interested in Simon And Garfunkel. Sure, I like folk music, but there are limits. Of course, I am often wrong. This is one of those cases (again).

When they start singing in Scarborough Fair/Canticle, my heart stands still. This song is so extremely beautiful you could listen to it forever. This must be one of the best examples of their harmonic singing together. Next comes Patterns, also an extraordinary song. This song is quite original: there's more talking going on than singing, and it works quite hypnotising. Next! Cloudy, which is exactly as it sounds like: cloudy... Then comes one of the best known songs of this album: Homeward Bound. Maybe a little predictable, but this song makes you want to go home as fast as you can. I really have no clue how Simon & Garfunkel do it. :)

There aren't only "soft" songs on this album. That's what I hadn't expected. There are the funky rhythms of Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine and 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy). There is Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert MacNamara'd Into Submission) that does not only have the lyrics of a Bob Dylan song, but actually sounds like Bob Dylan if you wouldn't pay attention. And then there's the best song of this album (which has been in my head for the last three days): Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall. It is so extremely catchy and cheering up it can really make your day. Typically a song to put as a soundtrack for your home 'happy family' videos :)
So I'll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end,
And flowers never bend
With the rainfall

To end with: 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night which is Silent Night accompanied by a radio message about the (not so optimistic) news of August 3, 1966. A strange combination that works, and that makes you think...

This is an extremely good album. Pure beauty, but never in a boring or predictable way. The ideal soundtrack for walking through lonesome places...

(O zo mooi: Scarborough Fair/Canticle, Patterns, Homeward Bound, Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine, Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall)

He's so unhip that
When you say Dylan, he thinks you're talking about Dylan Thomas,
Whoever he was.
The man ain't got no culture,
But it's alright, ma,
Everybody must get stoned.

(Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert MacNamara'd Into Submission))


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