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Harper Simon

Harper SimonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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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
Give a listen to Harper Simon’s shining solo debut and you’ll soon recognize that he is much more than just a shooting star. Harper Simon is the work ... Read more in Amazon's Harper Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B002MW50EA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible debut October 20, 2009
By Craig
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe I am only the 2nd person to review this album. Yes, it may be highly derivative, but who better to be influenced by than Paul Simon, especially when he is your father. The album is chock full of melodies that will not leave your head easily, a sign of a truly great album. I find myself constantly humming songs from it. The guitar playing is great and Harper often employs the finger picking style of play that his father uses so effectively. His voice fits the music perfectly and at times, it sounds as if Paul himself is singing even though his involvement in this album was limited to co-writing three songs. While the lyrics may not be on par with his father's, whose is? My personal favorite song is "The Shine," but I cannot say enough great things about the album as a whole. "Berkeley Girl" is the only song that borrows a little too heavily from S&G in my opinion both with its lyrics and similarity to the great S&G song "The Dangling Conversation." Nevertheless, if this were a Simon and Garfunkel album, it would not only be a massive success, but would be a welcome addition to their body of work. As an additonal note, and I don't know if Amazon will print this, but the Itunes version of the album contains two excellent bonus tracks and is less expensive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TURN TOWARD THE LIGHT OF HARPER SIMON July 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album by the first son of legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon. The baby boy that Simon sang to sleep in "St Judy's Comet" grew up to become an accomplished musician in his own right, and far from making his "famous daddy look so dumb" he has honored his father's musical legacy by crafting his own debut album with the kind of poetry, wit, and magnetic melodicism that is found in Paul Simon's best work. Harper Simon looks, sounds, and writes like Paul Simon just enough to make things interesting - the similarities add to and enhance his work rather than detract and distract. Family business indeed.

The album begins with a meditative prayer ("All to God") and ends with another sort of meditation - this time on a beautiful woman (Berkley Girl), effectively book-ending the ten-song cycle with matters of the spirit and matters of the flesh. In between Simon explores a range of topics, including loneliness, alienation, and life on a Native American reservation. He plays and sings through it all with the quiet confidence of a man who knows that at thirty-seven years of age and with songwriting in his blood, he has more than earned this chance to stand alone in the spotlight - the question is whether music lovers will turn toward that light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend! March 14, 2012
By Ivi K
Format:Audio CD
This debut album has got to be one of the best I've heard. I was handed this CD to review for a newspaper and it was one of the best I've had to critique.

I'm a Paul Simon fan and it's inevitable that Harper has infused his music with his father's signature flawless guitar picking and creative emotive lyrics. The songs are really well done - not just slapped together to fill an album but properly thought out and craftily constructed.

They won't leave your head for a while.
And you won't want them to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant August 26, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I first listened to Berkley Girl and I knew I had to learn it on guitar. I thought, damn this guy's picking is good and his voice is great...very folky, very Simon and Garfunkle influenced. Then I found out why. Finally got the album which isn't available in Canada. His first album! Man. The whole bloody thing is good. There's nothing to skip past. It's folk, then country, then laughing...then fingerstyle heaven. No, get this album. There's humility here. There's suffering and truth, there's lyrical sweetness. There's sun and laughter. Such a mixed genre, folk, heavy on the country, but leaning into bluegrass. Thank you so much Harper. Well worth driving to the US for and listening over and over on the way back. We love it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It goes on the "take to the desert island" list October 14, 2009
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I really like this album a lot. It must have been difficult for Harper to try to step out of his Dad's shadow, and I think he has done that with this endeavor. Some of the songs sound more like Simon and Garfunkel. It is a very melodic and beautifully recorded CD. It would be on my list for the "desert island".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it! January 27, 2013
By mjd
Format:Audio CD
I always loved Simon and Garfunkle, and when I recently watched the Pilot episode of Girls, I loved the song at the end and thought it sounded like them. Found out it was "Wishes and Stars" and the artist was Harper Simon, Paul's son. So I downloaded the whole album and absolutely love every song. There is a lot of S and G in the songs, but also differences. All I know is that I could listen to it all day. I read that a new album will be released in March.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every song is a treasure. January 25, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a talented musician he is! It's fresh and new, but still a sound I've been wanting to return for years. Let me say that this guy is certainly an 'original', but I grew up on Simon and Garfunkel's music and was so disappointed when they stopped recording together. Now comes the son of Paul Simon whose wonderful music holds just a hint of the sounds his father made so many years ago.
If you like this genre of music you'll enjoy every song on the disc (sometimes you buy a CD and find you spent a lot just for 1 or 2 good songs - you won't think that with this CD). If I had any complaints, it seemed like the CD was a little short, timewise. I'm not sure exactly how long it is, maybe it ended before I was ready for it to end.
I hope he keeps recording -- this guy is gifted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He sounds a lot like his dad
When I first heard "Wishes and Stars" at the end of the premiere episode of "Girls," I did a double take. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Ruble
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds just like Paul, but more countrified
Too bad the album is only half an hour long. My favorite track is "Tennessee," a funky, funny autobiography that I challenge anyone to dislike. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Adam Laceky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!
This CD is wonderful. While he shares some similarities with his father Paul, Harper Simon offers a album of sublime tunes with a sound engineered in Nashville, but a heart that... Read more
Published on September 13, 2012 by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I saw Harper Simon perform Wishes and Star on the Late Show and loved the song so much I bought this album. I have no regrets. Read more
Published on June 7, 2010 by Margaux Paschke
3.0 out of 5 stars This can't be the same Harper Simon
"First Album" is, well, very different from "Heavy Circles". Diversity is swell but I'd like to hear less of the former and more of the latter. Read more
Published on April 25, 2010 by P. L. Svendsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Debut!
I have had this disc on my wish list for quite awhile, finally found it used and have not been disappointed. He sounds like early Paul. I especially love Berkely Girl. Read more
Published on April 4, 2010 by Bicycle Bum
5.0 out of 5 stars Harper Simon
You can tell who his daddy is. Great first effort, can't wait for more.
Published on March 20, 2010 by Charles R. Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing
I will not lie - I bought this because I am a Paul Simon fan. That much said, Harper's music is different. I was surprise to like it because country is usually not my cup of tea. Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by Jan Strojil
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