Album review

Art Garfunkel - Everything Wants To Be Noticed

Paul Simon had the songs but Art Garfunkel had the voice. Not that he's used it to much effect on a slew of tedious MOR albums since the duo split in the early '70s. On Everything Wants To Be Noticed he's joined by Buddy Mondlock and Maia Sharp to create some lovely, intimate trio harmonies and, as Rolling Stone head honcho Jann Wenner observes in the liner notes, that voice still sounds "preternaturally young". Close your eyes and it could almost be 1968 all over again as a youthful Dustin Hoffman is being seduced by Mrs Robinson. Just one problem: Simon never would have written melodies as banal as most of these.

Rating: 2 / 10


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