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"Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel

Click to buy at Amazon.com Reviewed by Terry Cochran

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel is an enduring classic. More than three decades after its release this album still reveals its musical treasures with every hearing. One of the quintessential folk albums of its generation, the final studio album from the incomparable duo is jam packed with memorable hits like the title track “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “The Boxer” and with other less acclaimed but still amazing songs like “The Only Living Boy In New York” and “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright.” With impeccable folk harmonies, musical genius and lyrics to match, this album has so much to offer to any folk rock collection. Even if you’ve never listened to it 'til now and you are not even a folk-rock fan, check it out!

My personal favorite off this album is "Keep the Customer Satisfied" with its catchy lyrics, jazzy harmonies, and wailing brass. It makes a perfect sing at the top of your lungs and dance around your kitchen type of song. My other personal favorite from this album is “Baby Driver”, also a more upbeat song, horns included, that will having you tapping your foot before you know it. Haunting melodies and beautiful, thoughtful lyrics seamlessly make this into an album that can be listened to, from start to finish with no stops in between.

Each song takes on its own feel, varying all along the emotion scale, but still all held together by the harmonies that characterize Simon and Garfunkel's music. This album is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, with the perfect blend of thought provoking lyrics, soul touching harmonies, with foot-tapping, head bobbing feel good music.

If you like this amazing album be sure to check out earlier albums from Simon and Garfunkel. Every album has wonderful songs on it, but these two albums are high up on the list of greatness: "Bookends" is a tightly woven album with classics like “Bookends Theme,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and “America;” and "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" with great songs like “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)” and “Homeward Bound.”

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