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No one can say Simon & Garfunkel went out with a whimper. The popular duo's 1970 swan song produced four hit singles and won six Grammy awards, including Record, Album, and Song of the Year. An involving mix of sweeping epics ("The Boxer," the title track) and breezy throwaways (a live cover of the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love," the rock & roll trifle "Baby Driver"), Bridge was one of the most popular albums of its era. What's particularly striking about this collection is how brightly lesser-acclaimed songs like "So Long Frank Lloyd Wright" and the gorgeous "The Only Living Boy in New York" shine. --Steven Stolder
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(cactuspatch) from FREDERICKSBRG, TX
Reviewed on 11/12/2010...
Bridge Over Troubled Water? The height of Simon and Garfunkle's partnership...Great writing, excellent instrumentation, and those wonderful tight harmonies....
If possible try to find a copy that has not been digitally remastered....it's a shame to have this instrumentation and harmony overshadowed by the bass, like remastered productions tend to have.
5 stars implies absolute greatness. This album is not mind b
Daniel Vaccaro | Colorado | 02/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok for years, (yes it's true) i haven't really liked this album. For one thing i had only heard bits and pieces, and never fully sat down, put on the headphones and just put it on. So i did that. I found it to be really good, better than i had first thought, but! but! i found it sort of...overrated. It simply isn't s and g's best, no sir. The only living boy in New York is, simply put, absolutely beautiful. It flows, and is majestic. But a live version of bye bye love is not only out of place, but truly not a good song. I found that selection of song really dissapointing. Bridge over Troubled water is of course emotional, and one of their best songs, but unfourtunately alot of s and g's previous beauty i found to be gone, mostly lost. Ok so it won some grammy's, so what? U2 won some grammy's for the least creative, most overrated album of the year. Awards mean zip. The album is just peppered with too much staleness, but thanks to 5 or 6 good songs, manages to redeem itself. The songs that lack true grit are not awful, they are still ok, and listenable, but i don't think they are superb. Check out Bookends instead."