Music: Harper Simon * * * *
Harper Simon (Tulsi Records)
Published 16/04/2010 | 05:00
If this album sounds like Simon & Garfunkel in their prime then that could just be because Harper Simon (above) is Paul Simon's eldest son.
He has inherited his father's songwriting gifts to the extent that several songs here sound as though they were recorded by Paul circa 1968.
Father and son duet beautifully on the album's centrepiece, Tennessee, which -- like the bulk of the songs here -- finds the cream of country providing accompaniment. For the most part, though, Paul Simon takes a back seat and lets his understated, yet affecting songs speak for themselves.
Having a famous dad obviously helped secure many of the players here, but this is an assured debut in its own right and the wistful folk-rock of Wishes and Stars and Cactus Flower Rag wouldn't have been out of home in his old man's extensive back catalogue.
Burn it: Tennessee; Cactus Flower Rag