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Harper Simon

Harper Simon

October 13, 2009

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Label: Vagrant
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Tulsi Records
  • Total Length: 30:18
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  • ASIN: B002RDRS5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,455 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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What a talented musician he is!
LoveNature
I've bought 3 copies - one for the home system, one for the car, and one for a friend, who is also quite positive about it.
Ronald L. Constable
After listening to this album many, many times, I will be on the look out for future music released by Harper Simon.
Margaux Paschke

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Craig on October 20, 2009
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 By Andrew H. Lee on 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 By Ivi K on March 14, 2012
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 By das grob on 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 By N. J Sandwick on 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Constable on November 14, 2009
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I was most curious to see how Harper's efforts would compare with his famous father; to learn if he'd been able to meet the expected quality standards, yet put his own clear stamp on the music - and just what type of music had he chosen to make. He has done extremely well! The music constantly reminds me of the best of the 60's (Simon & Garfunkel, of course, but also Buffalo Springfield and others), with interesting and clearly understandable lyrics, yet has a strong contemporary sound. It's an interesting blend of folk, contemporary country, and intelligent rock. It's become our most frequently played CD! I've bought 3 copies - one for the home system, one for the car, and one for a friend, who is also quite positive about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mjd on January 27, 2013
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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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