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With a steel guitar and a microphone
I hope that you will find your way
Someday you’ll find out who you are
Someday you’ll be more than just a shooting star

-- “Shooting Star” by Harper Simon
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  • Vinyl (March 26, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Play It Again Sam
  • ASIN: B00B361GGW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2013 sophomore album from the singer/songwriter and follow-up to Harper's critically-acclaimed self-titled solo debut The album is a departure for Simon: it features a sound that's much more driven by electric guitars than his Alt-Country flavored debut. Simon co-produced Division Street with Tom Rothrock, who produced three albums for Elliott Smith (Either/Or, XO and Figure 8) and Beck's first album Mellow Gold, among others. Division Street was recorded with a small coterie of guest musicians including Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello's Attractions on drums, Nikolai Fraiture from the Strokes on bass, vocals by Inara George, Feist's musical director Brian LeBarton playing synths, as well as Nate Walcott from Bright Eyes and Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Dripps on August 14, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I'm writing this because I can't believe that other reviewers heard the same album I've been listening to. If you're looking for another Paul Simon album, look somewhere else. Harper Simon's most recent work has more in common with the power pop of Big Star, the guitar interplay of Television and the "Smile" era psychedelia of Brian Wilson than with Paul Simon's music. Most of the songs on "Division Street" have beautiful minor key melodies supported by intricate guitar and keyboard arrangements that reward repeated listening. "Just Like St. Teresa" is the album's lone acoustic track and the fingerpicking on this would sound at home on a Nick Drake album. The opening track, "Veteran's Parade," combines interesting guitar textures with just the right amount of reverb. "Bonnie Brae" is an uptempo rock n roll song with nice guitar textures and just the right amount of distortion. The title track, "Division Street," is great psychedelic pop with the wonderful line "It's not the end of the century any more." "Dixie Cleopatra" features almost rockabilly guitars buoyed by drums that sound like early Elvis Costello & The Attractions - maybe because that's Pete Thomas on drums! "Eternal Questions" may be the best track on the album, with its psychedelic organ and catchy tune. In another era, this would have been a garage band classic. This is a wonderful album - as long as you aren't looking for "Graceland, Part II."Division Street
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam Laceky on May 18, 2013
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I was ecstatic when I heard Harper Simon's first album. The songwriting was strong, the melodies memorable, the singing excellent. I enthusiastically compared it to his father's work. Apparently Harper doesn't want to be compared to his father anymore, because I can't imagine Paul releasing such over-produced, muddled cacophony. The vocals are barely audible over the repetitious rhythms that have no apparent relation to the song structure. I fell asleep during my first listen, so I can't comment on the entire album. All I can say is, I'm glad I went to sleep rather than listen to what I assume was more of the same noise.
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