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Hearts & Bones

Paul SimonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KZF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allergies
2. Hearts and Bones
3. When Numbers Get Serious
4. Think Too Much
5. Song About The Moon
6. Think Too Much (a)
7. Train In The Distance
8. Rene And Georgette Maggritte With Their Dog...
9. Cars And Cars
10. The Late Great Johnny Ace

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One of Paul Simon's most accomplished albums, Hearts & Bones is also among his least appreciated, a commercial disappointment at the time of its release due more to Simon's darker themes than to any discernible decline in his powers as a songwriter or instincts as a producer. The best songs here are among his most nakedly self-referential, from the bittersweet title song, sifting through the ashes of his failed marriage, to the self-recriminating "Think Too Much (a)" (as if to prove the point, he includes two songs with the title) and the fatalistic "Train in the Distance." "René and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War" is a polished gem, both a musical analogue to the artist's dead- pan surrealism and a unique love song, and "The Late Great Johnny Ace" links the slain doo-wopper to the slain John Lennon. If there were justice in the set's cool reception, it was Simon's subsequent decision to ignore commercial stratagems altogether--a leap that yielded his next, groundbreaking album, Graceland. --Sam Sutherland

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest And Revealing Album From A Master Songwriter January 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It was a surprise to me how revealing Paul Simon was in this album. Always a private man, Paul chose to let the listener see the progression of his relationship with Actress Carrie Fisher, from meeting, falling in love, marriage, the strains, the sad breakup, and divorce. The title track is achingly honest: "Love like lightning, shaking 'till it moans" and "Why won't you love me for who I am, what I am?--That's not the way the world works, baby."--one can just about hear his pain. The album's not the best in terms of production--the sound is not the best--but with other songs "Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog, After The War" and "The Late Great Johnny Ace" (about Johnny Ace, JFK, and John Lennon) it is very well crafted in terms of imagery--Paul is a poet, not just a songwriter, who is capable of putting emotion in the simplest turn of a phrase. "Train In The Distance" is simple, but wide open: "From time to time, he tipped his heart/But each time she withdrew/Everbody loves the sound of a train in the distance/Everybody thinks it's true." No other album Paul has recorded since has been so straight-out revealing.
Measured against his other previous albums--Grammy winner "Still Crazy after These Years" and his self-titled debut solo album "Paul Simon"--"Heart And Bones" was considered a commerical flop by music biz standards. Don't let that stop you. Borrow this from a friend. If you happen to find this CD in the bargain bin of your local music store, buy it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Simon's best album? July 29, 2002
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This album was a commercial letdown, and is not normally mentioned early on when people think of Paul Simon. That said, it's an overlooked masterpiece, and just might be his best album. In addition to some great and very inventive music (Paul being caught here between the melancholy electric piano-led ballads of Still Crazy After All These Years and the musically ground-breaking Graceland), this is the album where Simon's enigmatic lyricism really came to the forefront (who else would write a song about allergies?.) One can tell merely from looking at the song titles that Paul was attempting something rather off-beat here - and he succeeds. The lyrics are not abstract, however: they're more of, as the editorial review says so well "dead beat surrealism." Some of the songs (the aforementioned Allergies, which features some awesome guitar work from Al Di Meola; the very strange When Numbers Get Serious; and the semi-hilarous but borderline facetious Cars Are Cars) are very lyrically strange, and one may well question their meaning - or intention. It's always good to hear such clever and well-crafted lyrics, however - regardles of their intent or meaning. That said, some of the other songs (such as the title track, Train In The Distance, and others) show Simon laid emotionally bare, and are great songs that touch the heart, as well as the mind and the soul. Rene and Georgette Margritte With Their Dog After The War and The Late Great Johnny Ace (which features an excellent musical coda from the great Philip Glass) are flat-out masterpieces. Hearts and Bones is an emotional, complex, and challenging album from Paul Simon that is not an easy listen. Like most great albums, it takes some time to get used to and some time to get into. The album, though, is well worth your time and effort. It is Paul Simon's masterpiece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is the album that was originally supposed to be a Simon and Garfunkle album. The beloved duo regrouped in the early 80s for a show in Central Park, and then this album. Only, after it was done, Simon decided he wanted it to be a solo album and erased all of Garfunkel's vocals. That's the story that got out, anyway, and the bad publicity that went with it, in my mind, sunk the album, because who would want to be associated with such a brutal hosing. S & G may seem like a nostalgia act today, but people loved them; imagine if Paul and John got together, recorded an album, and then Paul erased John's contributions and put it out as a solo album. That's what happened here.
Too bad, too, because this is a worthy album, the final expression of Simon's initial, pre-Third World, solo style. Lots of electric piano, understated and tasteful percussion, lovely vocal arrangements, and insightful, confessional lyrics somewhere between Robert Lowell and Woody Allen. "Rene and Georgette Magritte" is one of the major highlights, surreal and intriguing, blending Dada with Doowop. I also love "Train in the Distance" and the title song. Very worth getting!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-appreciated masterpiece December 15, 2000
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It's been said many times that Hearts and Bones gets lost in the shuffle of Paul Simon's recordings. I couldn't agree more. This is an album of beauty and wit and longing and love. For my money there may not be two more powerful songs of love, and love lost, than Hearts and Bones and Train in the Distance. I still get shivers when I hear Simon sing "You take two bodies and twirl them into one...their hearts and their bones, oh and they won't come undone." How stunning, and how beautiful. And then "Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance, everybody thinks its true." I've heard that train in the distance and thought it was true, so the song has particular meaning for me.
Both versions of Think Too Much are excellent. And of course, Johnny Ace. Still brings tears to my eyes.
If you don't have this album, buy will not regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overlooked Paul Simon work
I have always loved this album. A Paul Simon work that has been mostly overlooked. The two songs entitled "Think Too Much" are brilliant. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Marc Mannheimer
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?
I like everything that Simon and Garfunkel have ever done. They do a pretty good job individually as we'll.

Published 10 months ago by Nickolas Trubov
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 of 5
I don’t know what Paul Simon was thinking when he decided to include on an album two versions of one song. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Marcel Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars My God this is beautiful
Paul Simon's pre-"Graceland" album, which I think is a masterpiece, even though it flopped upon release. Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by S. Ruble
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul's masterpiece
I loved this album since the first day I heard it! Therefore it became one of the very few 5-star rated albums in my collection. Read more
Published on October 29, 2006 by F. Aue
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen & Learn, A PS Gem, Don't get fooled by the negative hype
The Capeman on Broadway was labelled a troubled production long before it opened onto the stage. Six years and millions of dollars in the making, the critics slated it, the punters... Read more
Published on September 3, 2005 by Trenthamfolk
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Masterpiece
Although one of the lesser known titles from Paul Simon's collection, "Hearts and Bones" is his greatest achievement. Read more
Published on August 19, 2004 by I like pie
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Loner Album
Here's an underrated album if there ever was one. Sure, it wasn't publicized much, but there's some really great music on here. Read more
Published on November 2, 2002 by Emily
4.0 out of 5 stars Decades gliding by like Indians. . .
This album, sorely underrated (as every other review on this site is quick to point out), is also one of Simon's best, musically and lyrically. Read more
Published on September 22, 2001 by Ben C-F
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite
I love Paul Simon. I think it's absolutely tragic that this is probably one of his least known albums. Read more
Published on July 2, 2001 by Cheda
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