Paul Simon has no one but himself to blame if people tend to approach his music with high expectations. Knowing the marvel that is his back catalogue only makes You're The One a more frustrating failure.
Sonically perfect and filled with the percussive pan-African touches that his critics can't seem to get past, Simon's latest has moments, especially when the songwriter casts himself as a soon-to-be widower in Darling Lorraine. The ambient, set-closing Quiet is also a hushed stunner. But elsewhere, Simon overreaches for the perfect contemporary pop moment, and you can hear the strain. Two shows next month at Massey Hall should revive the glory days.