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Initially intended for a Simon & Garfunkel reunion album, it's probably a good thing these songs didn't have Artie on them — tracks like "Cars Are Cars," "Think Too Much (A)" and "When Numbers Get Serious" indicate that Paul had been paying attention to Talking Heads, or maybe the B-52's, who appeared in his 1980 movie One-Trick Pony. So yes, Hearts and Bones is the closest Simon ever came to making a "new wave" album, but unlike, say, Lou Reed's Mistrial, these tracks aren't merely a misguided attempt to court current production fashion ("Think Too Much [A]" even features Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, who played on David Bowie's contemporaneous Let's Dance). Decades on, Simon sounds surprisingly comfortable in sharper-angled sonic surroundings, and the songwriting is strong. Better yet, it's often funny, particularly "Allergies" and the impressionistic doo-wop tribute "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War" (which is easier to take than the long-winded title indicates).