Love & Blessings
Label: Legacy Recordings
This 2011 effort will inspire old fans and new to go back through the catalog of one of popular music's most original voices. So Beautiful or So What flits back and forth, with kinetic global excursions ("Getting Ready For Christmas Day" and "Dazzling Blue") that offer as much laid-back soul as acoustic ballads like the flat-out beautiful "Love and Hard Times." All the sides of Simon's personality are here -- the wry New Yorker, the pained folkie and the bedazzled fan who wants to share all the "Love and Blessings" he has received from music with the rest of the world.