Inspired by a topic from another forum, I thought this might be fun. The title says it all : pick a band and the album that you consider their best. Try to motivate your choice, if possible.
'Bridge Over Troubled Water' is Simon & Garfunkel's swan song. While the first two albums were kind of folk-ish and tended to get boring and bland at times and 'Bookends' showed their experimental side, but maybe got a bit over the top at times with things like 'Voices Of Old People', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' sees them as a much more mature band, knowing exactly what to do and finding the perfect balance between the material that lies within their own limitations. Whether it's an acoustic tune, a piano-driven ballad or an up-beat joyful song, everything sounds natural and masterful, like they've been doing it for ages. The song-writing is excellent (Paul has really reached his top here), the vocals and harmonies as sweet as ever and the instrumentation fits about every song. And no filler this time, either (at least, not in in my eyes). What can you expect more? I think the fact that they broke up right after the release of the album is kind of a relief, because I don't know how this masterpiece could've been topped.