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23.01.2015

10 Most Inspirational Albums Number 6

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Number 6 Bridge Over Troubled Water

Number 6 on my list is the only folk album to feature. It is the fifth and final studio album, written by arguably the greatest song writing partnership in musical history, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s, Bridge Over Troubled Water.

The album is considered to be a timeless classic and a masterpiece from the native New Yorkers, containing classic songs such as; The Boxer, Cecilia, El Condor Pasa and of course Bridge Over Troubled Water.

The latter and album titled track is one of modern music’s greatest examples of harmony, structure, recording technique and expression. The song itself, although incredibly complex from a recording point of view, is also performed wonderfully live.

Bridge Over Troubled Water features not one but two Bass Guitars, as well as featuring the unbelievably beautiful vocal of Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon.

This song has gone on to be one of the most covered songs of all time with over 50 official releases including, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Aretha Franklin.

Cecilia is where the album goes back to pure folk. It has a brilliant yet simple rhythmic expression at the start of the track, it sounds like the Cajon and the Guitar are having a conversation. This continues whilst the combined vocals come in with the chorus of the song.

The song’s content can be summed up in the first two lines of the songs lyrics, “Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart, you’re shaking my confidence daily. Oh Cecilia I’m down on my knees, I’m begging you please to come home.”

However the paradox between the music being played and the lyrics of the song really ring true throughout the song, the constant flux of rhythms and instruments is really impressive, especially as this entire album was recorded onto tape as it pre dates digital recording.

I could of course go on and on about the album and of course the band. Their final live performance of The Sound Of Silence is probably the greatest live performance of all time; I will of course blog my reasoning of this at a later date. But for now if you have not heard this album then I urge you to buy it and listen to it today.

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