Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Simon & Garfunkel

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water [Columbia, 1970] B
  • The Concert in Central Park [Warner Bros., 1982] C+

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Bridge Over Troubled Water [Columbia, 1970]
Melodic. B

The Concert in Central Park [Warner Bros., 1982]
In the great Woodstock tradition, this gift from a flower (or two) to a generation (or two) is also a corporate boondoggle--a classy way for Warner Bros. artist Simon to rerecord, rerelease, and resell the catalogue CBS is sitting on. Paul has forgotten Art enough to relax as a singer, which means that much of the S&G material has improved since 1971. But live doubles are live doubles, nostalgia is nostalgia, wimps are wimps, and who needs any of 'em? C+