Album Review: Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bookends”

Album Review: Simon and Garfunkels Bookends

Mason DeBaggis, Reporter

If you know me then you’ll know that i’ve never been a big fan of current music. I think that current music is boring and uninspired, it’s the same thing over and over, the same background sounds. It gets annoying because they are so similar. So for that reason and many others I tend to listen to older music.  Older music has more soul to it, the people that made it enjoyed making music and it was creative. Yes there were similar songs but not too similar. All of this to say that when I was looking for new music I came upon a group called “Simon and Garfunkel.” “Simon and Garfunkel” are a two man group that started to make music in the early to mid 1960’s. Throughout their time they have made 5 albums and I want to review them.


Their fourth album was “Bookends” released in 1968. This album came after “Sound of Silence” and “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme” ; these two albums brought “Simon and Garfunkel” to most people and were overall successful. “Bookends” would follow this pattern to be one of their best albums. “Bookends’ ‘ is somewhat of a short album; it only has 12 songs and lasts only for 30 minutes. Even Though it’s short it is full of character, the album starts with “Bookends Theme.” This song has no lyrics to it but it has a beautiful melody that makes you want more. Then the album goes to “Save the Life of My Child ”. It’s an odd song at first but the more you listen to it the more you like it. For me the beginning of the song was odd. It didn’t fit, but the more I listened to it the better it got. 


Then after we get to “America” this song is the star of the album, it starts with melotic humming from both then the song comes. Then the song crescendos into a powerful almost opera like end and when it’s done you can only think what you listened to. This song is their best work but luckily the rest of the album is also good.


After a few songs we get to “Mrs. Robinson” you might have heard of this song because it is their most popular song and for good reason. The song has a continuous upbeat feel that just makes you want to dance. The guitar is nothing but perfect and the vocals match the song perfectly as well. The background noises are mysterious but somehow they blend together making everything work.


Overall this album is good. It’s not the best i’ve heard but it’s not the worst. It has really good songs but it also has very bad songs as well. I would recommend this album for anyone whos like me and only likes old music. I would also recommend “America” and “Mrs Robinson” for anyone who likes music, these songs are nothing but perfect and would go well for any one.