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CD Review: The Heavy Circles

“The Heavy Circles” (Dynamite Child)

Who knew recording music with your stepmother could be so fun?

Granted, this is no ordinary family.

Edie Brickell, the sometime New Bohemian and full-time wife of Paul Simon, has joined Simon’s 35-year-old son Harper Simon to form the new duo The Heavy Circles, and with a host of guests, they have created an eclectic and enjoyable self-titled album.

At 41, Brickell is actually a lot closer in age to Harper than she is to her husband, the 66-year-old Paul.

But none of that matters on “The Heavy Circles.” This isn’t a vanity project or some halfhearted home recording set to a backing track.

“The Heavy Circles” is a moody, sometimes haunting, gripping album full of atmospheric songs that are richly textured and well-produced. Kudos go to Harper Simon for handling that task along with Bryce Goggin, who also produced Brickell’s last disc with the New Bohemians.

Brickell again turns in a nuanced and seductive vocals, sharing the songwriting credits with Simon. “Henri” and “Wait and Wait” are standouts, revealing themselves in unexpected ways upon multiple listens.

Grade: B

Genre: multigenre

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