First Listen: Paul Simon, ‘So Beautiful Or So What’ : NPR

Questions for the Angels” is Simon’s most beautiful song in years, paced just a step above a lullaby while the soft guitars, harp and marimba stand back enough for the words to come through: “If you shop for love in a bargain store / and you don’t get what you bargained for / can you get your money back? / If an empty train in a railroad station / calls you to its destination / can you choose another track?” Simon poses these and other rhetorical questions from the perspective of a wandering pilgrim crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.


It’s a pity the album isn’t available for purchase, yet, but for the next week or so, it’s available on the NPR website. See, our National Treay-shure is occasionally good for something.






Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *