Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends
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Based on 2 reviews
1968 Ratings: #4 / 78
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Based on 188 ratings
1968 Ratings: #10
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April 3, 1968 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Folk Rock, Folk Pop / Genres
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Inglume
78
[SJO Counter: 37]

Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to save 60s folk again.

In arguably the most culturally evolving and politically-active decades in modern history, albums like Bookends serves as a refreshing take on the ever-evolving musical scene, with great inventiveness from sound to sound and political commentary/themes that show a lot of human decency.

Bookends is definitely a spectacular starting point as I adventure into Simon & Garfunkel’s catalog. ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
91
POWERHOUSE!

THIS IS TIMELESS! THESE ARE TWO ARTISTS AT THEIR TOP FORM, THEIR FINAL TRANSFORMATION!

VIBES - •BEAUTY AND THE BEAST°
Toasterqueen12
75
Number 37:

Simon and Garfunkel sing about mushrooms and fairies or some shit idk. This type of music is meant to create a whimsical and nostalgic feel rather than have that much substance. Like “America” sounds like it’s an epic story but it’s just about planning a vacation. But, it’s nice. It’s Scientifically designed to be nice. It was grown inside a niceness lab to generate an “Aww, that’s cute.” From whoever looks at it.

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HoodieBraden
70
Certainly one of the most beloved and well-known releases in Simon & Garfunkel's short discography but not the best. Bookends is an interesting album because it includes both original material that the duo (well, Paul Simon) wrote specifically for the album AND it includes some music from the film "The Graduate" which included a handful of the duo's music. I actually think this record is a little inconsistent despite how much praise it gets. I think the two Bookends themes and ... read more
exception
94
Damn near everything is improved to the best of Simon & Garfunkel's abilities on their second to last album. Their harmonizing, production, lyrics, and formatting of an album with progression to it are what all come together to show the two artist's full potential.
The social and political commentary in the lyrics (Save the Life of My Child) show how Paul Simon took into consideration the world around him in the writing process, and did a great job of embedding it into the album both ... read more
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Track List

  1. Bookends Theme
  2. Save the Life of My Child
  3. America
  4. Overs
  5. Voices of Old People
  6. Old Friends
  7. Bookends Theme
  8. Fakin' It
  9. Punky's Dilemma
  10. Mrs. Robinson
  11. A Hazy Shade of Winter
  12. At the Zoo
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Added on: September 21, 2013