Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Late Night Listening: Hearts and Bones
My favorite tracks here are "Train in the Distance," one of the most poignant tales of faded love and separation ever recorded; "Think Too Much," which is here twice, but it's the second version with its distinctive harmonies that always gives me a musical thrill (my knowledge of harmony isn't sophisticated enough to say why the harmony on the "maybe I think too much" line is so irresistibly delightful, but I wish that someone with a more learned ear could explain it to me—are you listening, Janice Gelb?); and "The Late Great Johnny Ace," a touching, introspective song of loss inspired by the death of John Lennon.
With most albums, I have a favorite side, but with this album, it's a win-win, whichever side I play. Alternating between solemn and effervescent, silly and somber, bittersweet and bouncy, this is Paul Simon at his very best.