Simon and Garfunkel
Sounds of Silence


4.5
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Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (105 Reviews)
April 19th, 2013 | 43 replies | 2,599 views


Release Date: 1966 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again.

I may be a sucker for some good old fashioned folk music but few musicians are able to impact me in such a way as Simon and Garfunkel. Maybe it’s their gorgeous vocal harmonies or perhaps it’s Paul Simon’s gifted songwriting, but there’s just something about the goofy looking duo that gives them that extra little spark. The way they effortlessly combined pop and folk was unparalleled at the time. In fact, it’s safe to say they were two of the most influential musicians of the 60’s and they really started to find their sound on their sophomore album Sounds of Silence.

Released in 1966, Sounds of Silence is the album that brought Simon and Garfunkel back together and had a huge impact on their success. Ironically, the duo had already called it quits due to poor sales of their debut album until Bob Dylan’s band overdubbed the track ‘The Sound of Silence’ without the band’s knowledge. Although the song first appeared in acoustic form on Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., it sounds better than ever this time around with the addition of drums, tasteful electric guitars and an overall improvement in production. Strangely enough though, it’s still the outstanding vocals of both Simon and Garfunkel that steal the show and they sound nearly flawless as they harmonize throughout the entirety of the opening track.

Although the music itself is fantastic on the duo’s sophomore release, it’s the lyrical genius of Paul Simon that makes many of the songs so powerful. It’s no surprise the title track became their first smash hit and to this day it remains one of the best songs ever written by Paul Simon. Its meaning has been largely debated but it’s hard not to relate to the song in some form or another. Lyrics like In restless dreams I walk alone and Hello darkness my old friend prove to be the perfect match for the song’s beautiful but almost eerie sound. Apart from the successful hit single the album has several other standout tracks such as ‘Blessed’ which contains an upbeat country vibe or the soothing ‘Kathy’s Song’ which is simple yet beautiful. Other tracks such as ‘Richard Cory’ or the pleasing closer ‘I Am a Rock’ are also graced with Simon’s superb songwriting ability and remain some of the duo's most enjoyable tracks.

I can’t recommend Sounds of Silence highly enough. It’s a groundbreaking release from one of the most influential duos in music. Anyone who appreciates well-written lyrics or fancies themselves some folk tunes will not regret checking it out. Sure, it can’t touch their classic Bridge Over Troubled Water, but it’s a damn fine effort that contains some of Simon and Garfunkel’s most memorable tracks.



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bloc
April 18th 2013



34502 Comments


Title track is a freakin' classic. I love that song.

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CaptainHadouken
April 18th 2013



1960 Comments


damn, this is old skool. Loving the review man, good job.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013



18657 Comments


Thanks. Can't believe this didn't have a review.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2013



4339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I cannot believe this didn't have a review. Very good work, here. I absolutely love Simon & Garfunkel, so I'm happy to see them reviewed. I have to say 'Parsley' is still my favourite over all, but they're all good quite frankly.

CaptainHadouken
April 18th 2013



1960 Comments


I knew it didn't, but never could get a chance to sit down and write a half decent one. Glad to see this got reviewed.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013



18657 Comments


Thanks paperback and captainH. also just cause I'm contributor now doesn't mean I'm not looking for ways to improve my writing ;)

Pestiferous
April 18th 2013



1156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bout time this got a review, pos'd

summary is truth

YoYoMancuso
April 18th 2013



10195 Comments


love me some folk music. i wish i could still pos your reviews but i can't so i'll just say awesome job. also way to give this its first review

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013



18657 Comments


@mancuso, thanks man that's nice of u to say

slipnslide
April 18th 2013



2640 Comments


finally a review lol

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013



23671 Comments


contributor?

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2013



18657 Comments


"ultimate prehistoric hipster status unlocked"

lol i grew up on the beatles and simon and garfunkel man

Ecnalzen
April 19th 2013



5902 Comments


"In fact, It’s safe"

'It's' doesn't need to be capitalized.

"release , it’s the lyric"

Unnecessary spacing before the comma.

"influential duo’s in music."

Duo is plural, not possessive here. No apostraphe needed.


Good stuff, Atari. I don't know if I am really familiar with these guys besides the name.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2013



18657 Comments


cool thanks for pointing that stuff out ecnal will edit

and chances are you've heard 'the sound of silence' ;) but if not get on that asap


Calc
April 19th 2013



10917 Comments


this review is like a sandwich with cotton candy for bread and a sliver of turkey in the middle [2]

My dad I think has a vinyl or two by these guys I might check them out when i visit again.

Ecnalzen
April 19th 2013



5902 Comments


I recognize that lyric in the summary. I have heard that song, I just didn't know it was a S&G song. Thought it was someone else.

toxin.
April 19th 2013



11824 Comments


pos

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2013



18657 Comments


what's that sposed to mean calc : 3

Ecnalzen
April 19th 2013



5902 Comments


Its all fluff and no meat?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2013



18657 Comments


doesn't sound like a compliment lol



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