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With "Music", King experiments with some new sounds and styles, such as the R & B track "Brother, Brother" which opens the album with a sound reminiscent of the tune "What's Going On?" The title track is a truly uplifting jazz waltz with an incredible sax improvisation as a centerpiece.
The simplicity and honesty of "It's Going To Take Some Time" is stunning and certainly surpasses The Carpenter's more orchestrated version of the tune during the same year. Throughout "Music", she effectively utilizes a pair of strong female backup vocalists who strengthen King's own delivery of her material and who bring a richness and soulfulness to tunes such as "Growing Away From Me" and the Goffin/King standard "Some Kind of Wonderful."
If this album had received as much press and airplay through the years as "Tapestry" did, tunes like "Song of Long Ago" (with background vocals courtesy of James Taylor) and "Carry Your Load" would now be instant classics. As it is "Sweet Seasons" is the only top-10 single from the album and the only one most people would be likely to recall.
Over all, "Music" does not have the musical cohesiveness of her next two projects "Rhymes & Reasons" and "Fantasy", but song for song it certainly contains some of the best material she has ever recorded. Like Tapestry....a classic!
Music followed her landmark album Tapestry both released in 1971. While it did not receive the recognition of the former album, these songs continue in the same soulful path. Carole's genius shines throughout.
The list of Pop and R & B singers who have recorded her songs seems endless. Carole's lyrics are timeless and inspirational for all generatons.
The biggest difference between "Tapestry" and "Music" was that with this next effort King was singing mostly new songs this time around, several of which were written with her new collaborator Toni Stern. The tradeoff ends up being that the melodies are a stronger but that the lyrics are not as sublime as what we heard on "Tapestry." A few of the songs, most notably the opening song "Brother, Brother" and "Carry Your Load," are much more political than what we had heard prior to this from the singer-songwriter. The great irony was that most of King's best songs always sound better performed by somebody else. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin is the classic example, but on "Music" we have "It's Gonna Take Some Time," which was successfully covered by the Carpenters.Read more ›
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Carole King at her best. I love this work of Carole's; I can't seem to get enough of it.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
After giving the world the wonderful gift of TAPESTRY, Carole King had set the bar very high for herself. Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Charles A. Christesson
This CD couldn't be more of a contrast to "Tapestry", which came out earlier in the same year. It has a very definate studio sound in the background musicians, guest vocals and... Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Su-Z-Q
i'd been looking for this cd for a number of years in Asia but with no luck. good to hear it again 'though the my copy of Tapestry is remastered and this doesn't have the same... Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Stephen Paul Harris
If you liked Tapestry, I can't see any reason for you not liking this, either. I mean, come on, they're more or less the same albums, even though this most certainly was not a... Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by finulanu
"Music" was Carole King's follow-up to the fantastic, ever-popular "Tapestry". Like "Tapestry", "Music" is filled with deceptively simple-sounding songs with warmth and compassion... Read morePublished on December 11, 2006 by Teresa
Before my review, don't listen to the person who said "Growing Away From Me," is lousy, because it is NOT! She's just trying. Anyways, I love this album. It is beatiful. Read morePublished on November 20, 2005
don't buy this cd for "growing away from me" as the recording sounds like it was burned from an old album, lots of pops and crackling. Read morePublished on July 12, 2004 by M. Crider