Paul Simon ‎– Stranger To Stranger 

Paul Simon's 13th solo album overall, Stranger to Stranger finds the legendary songwriter stretching his experimental boundaries. 

“It’s hard working the same piece of clay, day after day, year after year,” sings Paul Simon on the title track of Stranger to Stranger, his first album since So Beautiful Or So What in 2011. But his tenacious pursuit of new sounds, such as the unique microtonal instruments of composer Harry Partch on Insomniac’s Lullaby, and juxtapositions such as the gnarled blues guitar (played by Simon) and cello on The Riverbank, make this album as rewarding as anything he’s done. The creaky slide guitars, distant train whistles and street-corner harmony groups on songs such as Wristband and The Clock hark back to the records of the 1940s and 50s. Yet the samples and loops amid the album’s dusty ambience mean it’s no exercise in nostalgia. Simon’s lyrics are finely honed, from the conversational The Werewolf to the confessional title track, a moving exploration of his creative process. “Just a way of dealing with my joy,” as he puts it. - 5 Stars J. Dennis June 2016 The Guardian

Tracklist

A1 The Werewolf
Celesta – Nico MuhlyElectronic Drums, Synth, Loops – Beats By Clap! Clap!Organ [Pipe] – Paul HalleyPercussion [TrombaDoo], Mbira [Big Boing] – Mark Stewart (4)Percussion, Drum [Gopichand], Backing Vocals – Paul SimonPercussion, Electronic Drums – Jim OblonPercussion, Handclaps [Claps], Finger Snaps [Snaps] – Nino De Los Reyes, Oscar De Los Reyes, Sergio Martínez (3)Performer [Hadjira] – Jamey HaddadSaxophone – Andy SnitzerSlide Guitar – Steve MarionTrombone – Alan FerberTrumpet – C. J. CamerieriTuba – Marcus Rojas
3:25
A2 Wristband
Backing Vocals – Keith Montie, Paul SimonBass – Carlos HenriquezElectronic Drums, Synth, Sampler – Beats By Clap! Clap!Percussion, Handclaps [Claps] – Jamey Haddad, Nino De Los Reyes, Oscar De Los Reyes, Sergio Martínez (3)Saxophone, Backing Vocals – Andy SnitzerTrumpet – C. J. Camerieri
3:17
A3 The Clock
Acoustic Guitar, Mbira, Performer [Clock] – Paul Simon
1:02
A4 Street Angel
Backing Vocals [Samples] – The Golden Gate QuartetBells [Orchestra] – Nico MuhlyCongas [Conga Drums] – Bobby AllendeDrums – Jim OblonElectronic Drums – Beats By Clap! Clap!Glockenspiel, Percussion – Paul Simon
2:08
A5 Stranger To Stranger
Drums – Jim OblonElectric Guitar [Hi String] – Paul SimonElectric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Vincent NguiniFlute – Alex SoppHorns – C. J. CamerieriPerformer [Flamenco Dancing] – Nino De Los Reyes
4:33
A6      In A Parade
Drums, Drum Machine, Percussion – Jim Oblon
2:19
B1 Proof Of Love
Acoustic Guitar – Vincent NguiniCelesta, Bells [Orchestra], Arranged By [Horns & Flutes] – Nico MuhlyElectric Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar [Acoustic], Celesta – Paul SimonFlute – Alex SoppHarmonium – Mick Rossi (2)Horns – C. J. CamerieriPercussion – Sergio Martínez (3)Percussion [Brushes] – Jamey HaddadPerformer [Flamenco Dancing] – Nino De Los ReyesTrombone – Wycliffe Gordon
5:44
B2 In The Garden Of Edie          
Acoustic Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar [Electric], Celesta, Harmonium, Keyboards [Chromelodeon], Percussion – Paul Simon
1:48
B3 The Riverbank
Acoustic Bass – Carlos HenriquezArranged By [Strings] – Gil GoldsteinCello – Dave EggarDrum [Drumkit] – Jack DeJohnetteElectric Bass – Bakithi KumaloElectric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Harmonica, Glockenspiel – Paul SimonPercussion [Bamboo], Marimba – Dean Drummond, Jared SoldivieroPercussion, Handclaps [Claps] – Jamey Haddad, Nino De Los Reyes, Oscar De Los Reyes, Sergio Martínez (3)Viola – Katie Kresek
4:09
B4 Cool Papa Bell
Acoustic Guitar [Baritone], Bass Harmonica, Percussion, Keyboards [Chromelodeon] – Paul SimonArranged By [Horns] – Nico MuhlyBass Guitar – Bakithi KumaloDrums – Jim OblonElectric Guitar – Vincent NguiniMbira [Big Boing] – Mark Stewart (4)Percussion – Sergio Martínez (3)Performer [Flamenco Dancing] – Nino De Los ReyesTres, Maracas – Nelson GonzálezTrumpet, French Horn – C. J. CamerieriTuba – Marcus Rojas
4:02
B5 Insomniac’s Lullaby
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Autoharp – Paul SimonBacking Vocals – Bobby McFerrinCelesta, Bells [Orchestra] – Nico MuhlyDrum [Drum Kit] – Jack DeJohnetteFlute – Alex SoppKeyboards [Chromelodeon] – David BroomeKeyboards [Rhodes], Glockenspiel, Harmonium – Mick Rossi (2)Performer [Cloud-Chamber Bowls], Marimba [Bowed], Vocals [Harmonic Canon] – Jared SoldivieroPerformer [Zoomoozophone] – Dean Drummond
4:33 

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