Paul Simon hinted at his new album’s title via his one line New York Times bio (he reviewed Stephen Sondheim’s new book in late October). And according to Simon, it’s produced by longtime producer/collaborator Phil Ramone, and is “the best work [he's] done in 20 years.” The first taste is “Getting Ready For Christmas Day,” and, judging by the lights that are already up in my neighborhood, it’s not too early. At first it sounds like there’s some party noises in the background, but it’s actually a sample of preacher/gospel singer Reverend J.M. Gates, recorded in 1941.
So Beautiful Or So What is out spring 2011. Keep up with album info at paulsimon.com.