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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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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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