#197 Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bridge Over Troubled Water is Simon & Garfunkel‘s final album, but we will do some reunions in the future. The album was a critical and commercial success.

I think the only song on this album that I sort of feel ambivalent about is “Keep the Customer Satisfied” Is it just me or does it sound like Amii Stewart’s “Knock On Wood” from 1979?

The rest of the album is great especially “Bridge over Troubled Water“, “The Boxer“, and “The Only Living Boy in New York“. I have to agree with one critic that the latter song has some similarities to songs that Elton John would create later.

El Cóndor Pasa (If I Could)” is a beautiful Peruvian song which Paul Simon translated into English.

“So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright” is sort of sad because of its double meaning. Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect who died in 1959. Art Garfunkel had studied to become an architect and this was Simon’s way of saying good-bye.

There is not much to be said for this album. It speaks for itself. It has stood the test of time. Simon & Garfunkel did something that many acts did not do at the end of their time together; they ended on an amazing album. 9/10.

 

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