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.
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)
Dr. Dre featuring Swizz Beatz – “Chillin'” (stream)
Thom Yorke, Burial and Four Tet – “Ego” (stream)