Some years ago Brenna included Simon & Garfunkel's *Bookends* on a data CD for my listening pleasure. I've replied with my thoughts on the album.
As a whole Bookends didn’t sound like what I’d expect a Simon & Garfunkel album to sound like. It was much more fun and experimental.
The electronic opening of “Save the Life of My Child” made me wonder if the tracks were mislabeled, until the vocals came in. And then there’s “Voices of Old People” - are those his grandparents, are the songs in the first half about them? Whoever they are, that was a really punk rock thing to throw in there, and goes to the themes in the first half.
The second half is the more “fun” side, and it was almost like the dessert Simon allowed himself after the full “Bookends Theme.” “Fakin’ It” and “Punky’s Dilemma” have a rascally energy. It’s amusing that “Mrs. Robinson” and “Hazy Shade of Winter” are next together on an album. (“From The Graduate to Less Than Zero: Optimism and Materialism in American Film.” Boy, I wish I would have thought of that thesis back in college.) [College students: I will write this for you. Ask for my PayPal in the comments.]
“At the Zoo” is a hilarious and fun song, perfect for kids; it makes me want to learn guitar so I can make my soon-to-arrive-nephew/niece laugh. It’s also a perfect album-ender and I was bummed at first to hear two bonus tracks after it. But after listening to the album three times today, “You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies” is a really good track, and a really great way to say that kind of thing.
So my verdict on Bookends is Guilty, of greatness.