Graceland

Paul Simon - Graceland
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1986 Ratings: #1 / 78
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Based on 231 ratings
1986 Ratings: #4
August 12, 1986 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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HoodieBraden
87
Graceland is the album that everyone knew Paul Simon was capable of making, but hadn't yet. His solo years weren't all that great until this release. It's far from a perfect record (not sure what the critics are thinking here), but it is very enjoyable and is still a contender for the best album of the 80s.

Paul's eccentric and sometimes somber songwriting is top notch on this album. The melodies are very catchy, especially on "You Can Call Me Al", and the instrumentation is very ... read more
exception
79
i find it a bit overrated, but very enjoyable. i dont really have anything bad to say about this; its far from flawless, but i have no major complaints. no major complements either.
fav tracks: the boy in the bubble, you can call me al
tha138
93
A unique, rootsy world party, where west meets south, based on beauty. The beauty of love, the beauty of life, the beauty of existence.
Saucelord777
84
You can call me Al is the happiest song with depressing lyrics.
99
I think almost every song on this album is perfect. This is an album that was something I thought was pleasant the first time I heard it, but I only grew love for it with each listen. I had a friend growing up who said that his mom would play this album on every road trip, which is the most fitting setting for this album I feel. The instrumental palette of sunny guitars and gorgeous harmonies reminds me of wide expanses, clear skies, constant movement. This is especially true of the more ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Boy in the Bubble
  2. Graceland
  3. I Know What I Know
  4. Gumboots
  5. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
  6. You Can Call Me Al
  7. Under African Skies
  8. Homeless
  9. Crazy Love, Vol. II
  10. That Was Your Mother
  11. All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints
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