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Reviewed: Paul Simon's Best Album in 20 Years; Robbie Robertson's Ambitious New Disc

Plus: Stream new music by Death Cab for Cutie, the National, Dr. Dre, Thom Yorke

April 5, 2011 9:00 AM ET
Reviewed: Paul Simon's Best Album in 20 Years; Robbie Robertson's Ambitious New Disc

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone album reviews, Will Hermes praises the vivid lyrics and sharply syncopated grooves of Paul Simon's new album So Beautiful or So What, declaring it his best disc since 1990's The Rhythm of the Saints. Also, David Fricke digs Robbie Robertson's ambitious new solo album How to Become Clairvoyant, Rob Sheffield salutes the "bass-heavy groove-bombs" on Fujiya and Miyagi's latest and Hermes endorses the "shrieking guitar noise and zip-gun hooks" of the Brooklyn punk trio Mr. Dream's debut album.

On the singles front, Jody Rosen enjoys Ben Gibbard's turn as a "self-help guru on the new single by Death Cab For Cutie and Hermes likes the result of a team-up between Radiohead's Thom Yorke and British electronic producers Burial and Four Tet.

ALBUMS

Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What

Robbie Robertson - How to Become Clairvoyant (stream entire album)

Ray Davies - See My Friends (stream one song)

Mr. Dream - Trash Hit (stream one song)

Fujiya and Miyagi - Ventriloquizzing (stream one song)

If By Yes - Salt on Sea Glass (stream one song)

SONGS

Death Cab for Cutie - "You Are A Tourist" (stream)

Dr. Dre featuring Swizz Beatz - "Chillin'" (stream)

Thom Yorke, Burial and Four Tet - "Ego" (stream)

The National - "Think You Can Wait" (stream)

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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