Paul Simon - Seven Psalms
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2023 Ratings: #104 / 757
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Based on 179 ratings
2023 Rank: #563
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Record Collector

Making its entrance with a softly tolling bell followed by some of the most delicate acoustic guitar since the early days of Simon & Garfunkel, this is a gentle, mystical record, a world away from the boisterousness of Paul Simon’s Graceland years.

100
The Observer
The veteran singer-songwriter ponders faith and mortality in seven beautiful, impressionistic movements.
90
Sputnikmusic

Seven Psalms is, more than anything else, a thematic experience.

83
Spectrum Culture
Surveying the scene, looking back on the past, not worried about the legacy but focused on the final notes.
80
Uncut
It would be a magnificent way to end a magnificent career, but Simon probably has more ideas in him.
80
The Irish Times
A short but richly layered collection that intrigues even the sceptical.
80
The Arts Desk
There is an ebb and flow of melody, Simon’s voice now fragile but still 100% his own instrument.
80
The Telegraph

Having stated that the idea for the record came to him in a dream, inspired by the Book of Psalms, it feels remarkably intimate: a half-shuttered window into the world of the man behind some of the world’s most famous songs.

80
Mojo
One of the most compelling and stone-cold beautiful albums Simon has ever made.
80
Rolling Stone
His latest release goes deep into a spirituality that's always been part of his music.
80
AllMusic

In its still-life reflections, Seven Psalms doesn't play like a summation as much as an epilogue to a major artist's career, music that doesn't deepens appreciation for his lasting achievements, of which this mini-suite is certainly one.

80
PopMatters

Seven Psalms is Paul Simon’s 15th solo album and in it, he confronts his mortality head-on and wonders about God, the reasons for existence, and death.

80
musicOMH
In equal parts touching and thought provoking, here is a work that reaches the very depths of the human soul.
75
Pitchfork
The veteran songwriter contemplates faith on a quiet, ambitious 33-minute suite. It becomes more surreal—and even funny—the deeper into it you get.
70
American Songwriter

What caused Simon to take this sudden departure and wrap himself in divine trappings is anyone’s guess. Like Dylan, he rarely reveals himself except in song. Seven Psalms is certainly an intriguing album, but not necessarily one that will reflect the faith of his followers.

70
Under the Radar

With Seven Psalms, Simon has tried his hand at something new and has succeeded. He manages to address the subject of mortality in an intriguing fashion—never maudlin. He’s still full of surprises, isn’t he?

70
Classic Rock

The music is mostly luminous and spellbinding, but the slender 33-minutes is disappointing, a mini-album when such huge cosmic themes deserve deeper, broader consideration.

Whynot
78

Is this Paul Simon's Blackstar? Difficult not to think about it.
Sounds like a farewell to me.

It is clearly about ending a trip, look for forgiveness and trying to be ready. All of it under an openly religious view (with which I am ok to be honest, not my kind of stuff but I get it and I respect it).
In terms of musicality there is not much to say about it. Warm folk acoustic approach with some nice chord arrangements, bells and one or two passages where the percussion kinds of takes the ... read more

WillNeot
80

Really nice experience, basically a whole album in a single song, it tells a story throughout and it's worth the ride, really recommend it.

UgandanBruceLee
73

I got jumpscared when I heard something that wasn’t an acoustic guitar. Even tho it wasn’t a rap album, it was still pretty solid. I’m still a fan Paul Simon.

holsgr
60

respectable (★★★☆☆)

LittleGibeon
100

i’m truly convicned paul simon released this album a
only for me. it speaks so closely to things relevant to my life, and simon continues to write in the abstract poetic style that i admire so much about his work. this is the epitome of a piece of art that is open to interpretation, and i am all here for it. i cling to a different meaning of it every listen, and it continues to stay lodged in my mind.

this being said, let it be known, THIS IS NOT HIS BLACKSTAR! he’s made that very ... read more

Morts77
65

This feels like a warm farewell from Paul Simon. You surely can’t hate it, even if you don’t love the laid back acoustic religious folk with a sprinkling of blues. Despite enjoying it as one full piece of work, I’d still have preferred the tracks to be split on Spotify as it made deciding on a “fave track” much too difficult. I really think the duets with his wife really soar after the very moody ‘Your Forgiveness’ which is mournful but also ... read more

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Added on: April 12, 2023