25th anniversary edition - remastered with three bonus tracks. the melding of south african styles and simon's trademark sensibility made for one of the most intriguing albums - not to mention commercial hits - of the '80s. at once lively, thoughtful, gorgeous, and tough, 'graceland' acknowledges splits both in south africa's social fabric and in simon's personal life (the title track is a clear descendant of the earlier 'hearts and bones,' a song about the singer-songwriter's brief marriage to carrie fisher). humour is hardly absent from the mix, though; witness the addled 'i know what i know' and the fable-like 'you can call me al.'
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