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Come on Come on

Mary Chapin CarpenterAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Songs From The Movie, with its compelling orchestral reinvention of classic Mary Chapin Carpenter compositions, is an artistic landmark for the beloved singer-songwriter. Collaborating with Composer/Arranger and Producer Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell) and working once again with Co-Producer Matt Rollings (Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett), Carpenter’s new ... Read more in Amazon's Mary Chapin Carpenter Store

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  • Audio CD (June 30, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: June 30, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002879
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Hard Way
2. He Thinks He'll Keep Her
3. Rhythm Of The Blues
4. I Feel Lucky
5. The Bug
6. Not Too Much To Ask
7. Passionate Kisses
8. Only A Dream
9. I Am A Town
10. Walking Through Fire
11. I Take My Chances
12. Come On Come On

Editorial Reviews

Skeptics might say that Carpenter's smash version of Lucinda Williams's "Passionate Kisses" pales beside the tougher original, or that Mary Chapin is but a folkie in poor-fitting country clothes. They're not exactly wrong, but her million-selling third album finds its charm in a spare Americana sound and smart, imaginative material. Carpenter bridges country and folk audiences, much as Emmylou Harris has done, and as few others have managed. And she's a better singer than generally recognized. Originals such as "I Am a Town" and the title cut are genuinely evocative, and "Walking Through Fire" and "I Take My Chances" have an emotional edge that is as raw as it has been rare on country radio in the '90s. --Roy Francis Kasten

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Mary Chapin-Carpenter built her career largely on public radio airplay for her folky acoustic guitar-based songcraft. This album exploded her into the country mainstream, thanks to the huge hits "Passionate Kisses", "I Feel Lucky" and lesser hits "I Take my Chances" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her". But while country radio may have loved her for awhile, it quickly forgot about her and the reason why is between the hit tracks: Carpenter has more in common with classic country singers than with the current batch of forgettable pop-country heard on the radio these days.

Carpenter is all about songs: Writing the sentiments of an educated, mature woman who's not afraid to make political statements that buck Nashville's (i.e. she's a feminist and a bit to the left) conservatism. All but two of the songs here were written or co-written by her.


The hits deserved to be. Carpenter finds the catchy heart of Lucinda Williams' "Passionate Kisses" and makes it the mainstream smash it was always meant to be. "I Feel Lucky" and "I Take my Chances" both find Carpenter playing it sassy and devil-may-care. "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" reveals Carpenter's feminist streak, in the tale of a woman who leaves her uncaring husband after 15 years ("For 15 years she had a job and not one raise in pay/Now she's in the typing pool at minimum wage..") "The Bug" is the lost album track that should have been a hit. The blue-collar philosophy of life ("Sometimes you're the windshield/Sometimes you're the bug..") is terribly catchy and a nice retool of a Dire Straits album track.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work from Chapin July 24, 2000
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At the time, this was her most versatile disc to date. It really moves away from the country feel of her previous two releases, and, at its heart, is folk-pop. Her unabashed feminist side shows on I Feel Lucky and He Thinks He'll Keep Her, up-tempo rockers. Her mid-tempo songs, like Walking Through Fire, I Take My Chances, and Passionate Kisses, have the same unapologetic bluntness - she's her own woman, and proud of it. Her voice also shines on delicate ballads like Come On, Come On, I Am A Town, and Only A Dream. She has a superb talent for painting vivid pictures: I see the empty room in Only A Dream, and I see her walking on the tracks in I Take My Chances. The only song out of place here is Not Too Much To Ask, a banal country ballad, but other than that one clunker, this disc is a delight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential MCC Album December 20, 2007
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This is the one Mary Chapin-Carpenter CD that everyone should have. There's not a weak song on it, nor any false sentiment; every word and chord rings true and beautiful. It appeals to everyone, not just women, and several of the songs are downright toughminded: "The Hard Way," "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," "Walking Through Fire," and "I Take My Chances." But Mary also sings funloving songs like "I Feel Lucky" and "The Bug," and tender ones like "Rhythm of the Blues" and the title track. Rounding out the album are the impossibly romantic "Not Too Much to Ask," Lucinda Williams' wonderful "Passionate Kisses," and the heartbreaking "Only a Dream." I can't say enough good things about this album. Just get it. You'll love it, too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MCC's fourth album is a Grand Slam July 28, 1998
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"Show a little inspiration/Show a little spark." With these words, Mary Chapin Carpenter starts the listener on a thrill ride that proves that she has both in abundance. The feel good beat of I Feel Lucky and Passionate Kisses intermingle with the soulful harmony of Rhythm Of The Blues and I Am A Town. The spunky He Thinks He'll Keep Her and I Take My Chances demonstrate the MCC take-no-prisoners attitude that fans have come to expect. She may have done it The Hard Way, but aren't we lucky she did it?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album April 25, 2005
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Mary's music has always been hard to classify as, over her career, it has included elements of folk, pop, rock and country music. This album, recorded in 1992, appeared at a time when country was the dominant influence, but this is a long way from being a stereotypical country album. As such, it appeals to many fans who wouldn't normally listen to country music. With its strong-woman theme (especially on tracks such as He thinks he'll keep her), the album particularly appeals to women. Even as a man, I think that song is one of the highlights of the album - it reminds men not to take anything for granted where women are concerned (not that men should need reminding).

Perhaps the most famous song here is I feel like, a fun song in which Mary dreams about Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett (two contemporary singers) fighting over her. It provides a lovely contrast from the normally serious songs that Mary is so good at. Another highlight is Passionate kisses, a song written and first recorded by Lucinda Williams. Mary's cover of the song was a huge country hit and helped to raise Lucinda's profile - remember that this was six years before Car wheels on a gravel road.

From the opening track (The hard way) to the closing title track, this album is packed full of outstanding songs including The bug (written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits), Not too much to ask (a tender ballad - this is a superb duet with Joe Diffie, an almost forgotten country singer) and Only a dream (one of many excellent songs that Mary wrote for the album.

This album remains the best of Mary's career. Look up the track listing for the compilation, Essential, for which half the tracks are lifted from this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Great music, as always.
Published 8 days ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
Every song on here is good.
Published 1 month ago by WindyCityGardener
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely beautiful
This album is built around the beautiful voice of the artist. Her song writing is superb. I hope to get more of her cds.
Published 2 months ago by Judith Rosenbaum
3.0 out of 5 stars the cd that brought her to the next level
I bought this in 1993 . A few of the songs had already been released as singles. And I pretty much liked everything she had done. But I hadn't bought anything by her. Read more
Published 4 months ago by john thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite of mine...
I actually bought this to replace a cassette tape I used to have. "I take my Chances" is the best!
Published 4 months ago by fquerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Girl Nails It!
Mary Chapin Carpenter sings... "Sometimes your the windshield; sometimes your the bug", so she's most definitely the windshield in this, an earlier album, "Come on,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by lycophagia
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be on everyone's list - desert island discs, top 10- you name...
I was sitting here at my computer listening to this album, and decided I had to tell someone, anyone - who hasn't heard it, that you owe it yourself to discover this gem. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Snedden
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic. A must have.
I had this album in LP form and it is the best album by the artist. It's still as great as I remembered
Published 5 months ago by Lucy Loo
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge fan
Mary, I love you I love you forever. Your music was in my top ten reasons for living in it's time, and now I will have you back in my life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
Mary Chapin Carpenter is one of my all time favorites.
"I take my chances. So cut the deck, right in half, I'll play it from either side!"
Published 6 months ago by Pat Dought
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