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This Kind Of Love

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2008 album from Carly Simon, her first album of all original songs in eight years. GrammyrAward-winner Carly Simon is one of the most respected vocalists and songwriters in music today. This Kind of Love ranks among her most personal albums, as well as one of her most stylistically diverse excursions, with songs ranging from gorgeous melodies to driving rhythms. 13 tracks
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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B0015HZAOI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 30, 2008
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This Kind of Love by Carly Simon is her latest album and her voice is as strong as ever! The sound quality is very good and that artwork is nicely done. The one thing I like most about this album is that Carly Simon demonstrates her fine ability to flawlessly perform several different types of songs; this combined with all the personal work Carly put into this CD makes this CD one of her very best yet!

"This Kind Of Love" has a beautiful melody and the guitar work really enhances the natural beauty of this ballad. Carly sings this so sweetly and I'm very impressed. In no way is this boring or silly; Carly truly showcases her emotions here on "This Kind Of Love" and it makes a terrific, strong beginning to this album. "Hold Out Your Heart" has a sensitive melody and Carly Simon delivers this with the panache and charm of the champ she always was! "People Say A Lot" has a hip-hop/rap type of beat that I really like; this song sends a clear message about people who feed off celebrities for their own personal gain. "People Say A Lot" fits in well on this album even though at first blush it stands out against the "This Kind Of Love" and "Hold Out Your Heart."

"How Can You Ever Forget" gives us Carly at her best; the keys are awesome and the strings are used to great advantage. Carly's poignant song is the result of her singing with David Saw, Ben Taylor, Frank Filipetti & Jill Dell'Abate. "Hola Soleil" jumps back from a relatively pensive, slower tune to a peppy, upbeat and catchy tune that is impossible to resist--and how about those drums, too? This is way more than just muzak.

"When We're Together" has a distinctly bossa nova flavor that takes flight when Carly sings this so smoothly; Carly sings this with great sensitivity and the guitars work wonders for this number.
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1987's "Coming Around Again" was a high watermark release for Carly Simon; this effort propelled her back into the forefront of the pop music world. She employed all the "studio tricks" available at the time, using electronic musical devices to wrap the thoughtful lyrics fans were used to. This "come back" nostalgia serves as a point of reference to describe Simon's latest offering "This Kind of Love". Twenty years later, Simon has achieved re-invention, albeit in a much different vein.

This Kind of Love is dedicated to both Art Buchwald ( poignant tribute) and Antonio Carlos Jobim, the latter being most prominent toward influencing the album's sound. Simon takes the musical laws of jazz, Brazilian, and traditional pop to weave a tapestry of interesting odes to the most universal human emotion, in all its complexity.

As the album opens, Simon's voice seems altered, as though time has finally caught another cherished songstress in its merciless web. Fear not.... Simon strikes hot after the title track, and even it is a good, pure "song." As each song detours through the depths of her heart, Simon gets sad ( "Hold Out Your Heart"), indignant ( "People Say A Lot", an obvious stab at modern relevance with the hip-hop delivery), ambivilant ("In My Dreams"), individualistic (" Island", a song delivered by Simon's son, Ben Taylor), and full of acceptance and encouragement ( "They Just Want You to Be There".) Simon brings layers of history with Brazilian music, a contribution that colors the whole album. Thus, a fresh sound is achieved, differentiating this offering from any previous work. Quite an accomplishment, nearly forty years in.

Long time Carly fans will be transfixed by the "new" Simon; new comers will, presumably, be drawn to the sincerity and summer-infused passion of the music and lyrics. Carly Simon continues to grow and evolve as a singer/songwriter, ever ripe with experiences that become musical.
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Carly Simon's "This Kind of Love" is a good return to original music. Her Into White CD had some amazing covers, Paul Simon's "Scarborough Fair" being one that was among my favorite tracks last year. This CD has its charms. Her son Ben Taylor's "Island" that opened his CD Famous Among the Barns is gorgeous in Carly's hands with its lovely melody, "I would rather bet my life against the rising of the sun; I would rather fall from grace completely than let you change my mind." The samba "Hola Soleil" is an exquisite track penned by Simon, son Ben and long-time collaborator Jacob Brackman, "Baking sand, shining sea, Turning world, dissolving shadows." "So Many People to Love" penned with Carole Bayer Sager is a lovely swaying melody, "They're praying on bended knees in their beds & on the dirty streets, Lights are out on all the Christmas trees, feels like everyone's about to freeze." Jimmy Webb's "The Last Samba" sways like a soft breeze which Carly's voice picks up like a sail, "So take me here on this sand in the midst of these stars, swaying in thrall to the fading guitars." "Sangre Dolce" builds with incredible drama, "She cries when underneath the crystal moon." Other tracks like "They Just Want You to Be There" & her daughter Sally's "When We're Together" are also strong. Simon's voice appears a bit thin in places. The rap track "People Say A Lot" doesn't resonate with me. However, while not perfect, this is a strong CD well worth repeated listenings. Enjoy!
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