Simon and Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme


5.0
classic

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (108 Reviews)
October 31st, 2013 | 23 replies | 2,037 views


Release Date: 1966 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Words cannot describe how brilliant this album is from front to back. One of Simon and Garfunkel's greatest accomplishments.

From the moment of my birth too the instant of my death, there are patterns I must follow just as I must breathe each breath. Like a rat in a maze, the path before me lies, and the pattern never alters until the rat dies

There’s no denying that Simon and Garfunkel are two of the most important figures of the ‘60s and a huge influence on music in general. Who wouldn’t want to be like them? One had a voice that could stop an angel in its tracks and the other could pen songs that others only dream of writing about in their sleep. Mix these two qualities together and you have one of the best folk groups to ever emerge from, well, anywhere. Throughout their career the band constantly proved they were the real deal, and every album was full of surprises as well as their knack for strong lyricism and harmony. However, their most consistent album was undoubtedly their 1966 effort Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.

For evidence of Paul Simon’s songwriting ability, one doesn’t need to look any further than the fantastic closing track ‘7 O'Clock News/Silent Night.’ I’ve heard countless versions of ‘Silent Night’, but never have I experienced such a unique, daring take on the song. Due to the tragic events that are being broadcasted at the same time as the duo harmonizes to the holiday favorite, it doesn’t really feel like a christmas song. It’s highly ironic to hear them sing All is Calm or Sleep in Heavenly Peace at the same time as we’re hearing about murder or people overdosing on narcotics-- but I think that’s the point. The world isn’t a perfect place, and the song clearly paints this picture, managing make you think long after it’s over. It’s also a change of pace from the rest of the album, which contains some of the most quirky and upbeat folk tunes of the band’s career.

Parsley takes a few listens to really digest. It may not have a song as huge as 'The Boxer’ or 'The Sounds of Silence’, but overall it’s their most coherent album as it smoothly flows from track to track. The highly recognized 'Scarborough Fair’ kicks things off properly with mesmerizing vocal harmonies and they continue to deliver until the album’s fantastic final moments. The instrumentation is also delightful as twangy guitars and light drumming spice up many tracks like the phenomenal 'Patterns’, but they never steal the show from the gorgeous vocals and thought-provoking lyrics.

This isn’t one of those albums where you tell yourself these are the best songs, because every damn track is so beautiful or quirky that it’s more about the experience as a whole than the individual songs. The only way to hear Parsley is to hear it from front to back, and on repeat. Then you’ll realize it really is quite possibly the duo’s greatest achievement as it’s difficult to find any flaws within it. It’s absolutely essential for any fan of the band or folk music in general and a true classic of the genre. Words cannot describe.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2013



19395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best band ever. trying to overcome some writers block so decided to write about something i loved

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB8yAoVuLko

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FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2013



9596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Keeping the S+G love goin', I see! :]

manosg
October 31st 2013



5675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man, somehow I saw that coming.

7 O'Clock News/Silent Night is haunting and the opening track is also one of my favorites by them.

Digging: Donovan - Sunshine Superman

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2013



19395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man, cheers. Yeah Scarborough fair is great I also really like patterns but there's not a weak song on here in my opinion.

@necrotica, hell ya somebody's gotta do it ;)

Storm In A Teacup
October 31st 2013



12687 Comments


So I would like this?

CaptainDooRight
October 31st 2013



28297 Comments


funky rev bro Pos'd

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2013



3321 Comments


Great review! I'm ashamed to say I haven't listened to any album as a whole from these guys yet. I'll check it out.

Digging: Karma To Burn - Arch Stanton

Nafain
October 31st 2013



154 Comments


Dangling Conversation is amazing


LifeAsAChipmunk
October 31st 2013



4854 Comments


a 5 bro?? nonsense, nig.

Nafain
October 31st 2013



154 Comments


i know seriously should be a 6/5 but oh well

ZackSh33
October 31st 2013



243 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice S&G review. Although I like Sounds of Silence and Bridge more, this one is most certainly a classic as well.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2013



19395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for the compliments guys

@insomniac, thanks man I highly recommend giving their entire discography a go, but this is a good place to start

@storm, it's S&G you HAVE to like it :3




Storm In A Teacup
October 31st 2013



12687 Comments


Ah okay. My dad has the discog so easy obtainage for this brother

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2013



19395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

your dad is a smart man

cinaedus
November 2nd 2013



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album but

a 5 bro?? nonsense, nig. [2]

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2013



19395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's a 5. I could see myself 5'ing bookends or bridge too though

LifeAsAChipmunk
November 2nd 2013



4854 Comments


I prefer those two significantly, atari. but this is still great ofc.

Underflow
November 2nd 2013



2522 Comments


Incredible album, only bested by Bridge for me.

manosg
November 3rd 2013



5675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoy it more than Bridge atm.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2013



19395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think bridge has some of the best songs they've ever written, but this album just works better as a whole in my opinion



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