Still, that 15-year ambition did pay off. Simon works well on a huge scale; Graceland and Saints were genuinely exciting albums. You're the One holds few thrills. But its humble return to Simon's singer-songwriter roots makes it amiable nonetheless. Self-produced with refreshing restraint, You're the One works best when Simon reflects on life. "That's Where I Belong," the playful "Old" (in which Simon addresses his own approaching senior-citizen years), and the lovely album closer "Quiet" offer unfussy and uncomplicated adult pop songs about the big picture. You're the One is no big deal, which is the way Simon wants it. And there's something quite inspirational about it being so small.
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