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While Paul Simon's biggest hits came with Art Garfunkel, but songs like "Kodachrome" prove Simon could still hit big on his own. Despite a career that stretches through four decades, Paul Simon has only recorded 12 solo studio records. It's this economical release schedule that allows Simon to continue hitting his mark each time out. 2011's So Beautiful or So What? succeeds with a succinct running time of 38 minutes and an attention to sticking to what Simon does best, namely simple folk-pop storytelling embellished with light world-music touches. It should make for a batch of new songs that fit in confidently with a host of Simon's hits, especially if he tucks these songs by cuts from his much-loved 1986 classic Graceland or 1990's Rhythm of the Saints.