Paul Simon: “Graceland”


Graehm Fazio

The array of musical instruments in Graceland creates a mosaic that catches the ear on the first track, “The Boy in the Bubble”.  Released in 1986, the sounds of Graceland stay one-of-a-kind even today. Graceland manages to combine pop, a capella, isicathamiya, rock and mbaqanga.  After Simon’s album “Heart and Bones” of 1983 was poorly rated by the public, Graceland came as a shock, especially coming out in Simon’s low point in his career.  In an interview, Simon described “Boyoyo Boys” as instrumental which reminds Simon of some certain 1950s rock ‘n’ roll.  Graceland is and will stay an old classic that everybody should familiarize themselves with.