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Eclectic and adventurous with a few detours...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Passage (Audio CD)
This is easily the Carpenters most stylistically diverse and self-consciously "sophisticated" and "eclectic" work. You get lite reggae, pop, showtunes, country-pop etc.
At the album's center is the integrity and versatility of Karen's voice. She soars on "I just fall in love again" (which stands up next to Dusty Springfield and Anne Murray's versions), pulls off Michael Franks' funny "B'Wana She No Home", is quite convincing on "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and on "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft", well . . . its so over the top does singing really matter?
Other than those songs and the sleek "All You Get From Love Is A Love Song" you get cutesy numbers like "Sweet, Sweet, Smile" and "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" and some filler. These types of "ditties" are of course the fatal flaw of most of their albums which undermine Karen's interpretive gifts just to keep things "lite". As usual the production is clean and smooth and everything ticks along nicely, but it would be stronger with a few more songs. For example an R&B song or a standard would be interesting.
Alas, this is more cohesive and enjoyable than most of their similarly hodgepodge albums, because there's enough good material to compensate for occasional lapses in taste. I would recommend purchasing the "Yesterday Once More" compilation if you enjoy their music becuase that gives you the most thorough and accurate and overview without a lot of fluff.