“Tapestry” by Carole King (1971) Very familiar with this artist and album. Isn’t everyone? “Tapestry” is superb. Stands the test of time. Soulful, well crafted songs with highly evocative lyrics and creative, forward looking melodies. The recording quality is first rate, with brilliant, properly balanced contributions from studio musicians. Fine touch in the mix. Piano work is iconic, even if it doesn’t demonstrate a studied virtuosity. Lead vocal, likewise, perfectly delivers the feel and meaning of each composition, without exemplary power or range. Excellent pitch control and diction, even on blues bends and subdued passages. The tracks are arranged well on this album, taking the listener on a journey that is definitely laid out in two major sections, Side 1 and Side 2. This a skill that’s rather under appreciated in this era when one doesn’t have to ‘flip the record over’. I have no wisecracks about this album. I’m not worthy. 5/5
9/10. Was really enjoyable to listen to throughout, had a nice cat on the cover.
Heard this for the first time in full during Lockdown 1 (had obviously heard most of the songs on their own) and didnt realise how many songs were Carol King's! I knew she sang "You've got a friend" but wouldn't have been able to put another song to her catalogue if you has asked me. She was obviously a HUGE influence on the next generation of female artists but I never noticed many citing her in the same way as, say, Joni Mitchell or Aretha Franklin. Anyway - point is, I was massively impressed with this album. 5/5 easily for me.
This is a pretty remarkable album. It's absolutely choked with monster hits. The thing is, most of these hits I know because of other artists covering them. I don't think anyone can deny the sheer songwriting talent of Carole King. She's incredible. But every song is delivered in such a soft, chill manner that they rarely just GRAB you. But, ultimately, that's ok. The album feels whole in a way that very few albums do. Like it's all part of one, big... well, tapestry. Great songwriting, good performances. Overall, a pretty killer album.
Very solid album. Great cover art. Lots of stuff you've probably heard before that's been covered a hundred times.
Listening to this with a good pair of headphones reveals a masterpiece in mixing/balance - audio effortlessly fades in and out/cross channel. This album is amazing, front to back
Certified 5 star song writing
beautiful: the carole king musical caroline would really like this album
Simply beautiful, I can't believe I've never heard of this album before. Absolutely love it, an easy 5 stars. What a gorgeous voice, and every song is worth listening to.
Listening to this album spurred me to look up more info about Carole King. It was very interesting to find out how many hits she wrote. It seems like Sia took a page out of her book
Surpringly amazing album. Love the "spread out" feel to the music. Instruments are independent but work well together. Subtle in parts but very balanced
For someone I’d never listened to this was excellent. Both the lyrics and her voice were incredible. Put me in a good mood listening to it.
Unbelievable album filled with hits. Now I know the sound of Carole King
Never listened to this from start to finish before. I prefer these original versions to many of the more overly produced and polished versions. A couple of the songs are of a much lower standard but it would be churlish to give this anything lower than 5.
Love the voice on this woman. A few standout tracks, but the sound was overall a little samey throughout.
Siempre se me hizo sobrevalorado, pero volviéndolo a escuchar es rolón tras rolón. no me mata, pero fácilmente es un 5
This is very comforting, like a 90s romcom soundtrack or an album I'd put on and listen to around the house. Maybe it's because I associate her with Gilmore Girls. I recognized quite a few songs, too. Carole's one talented lady.
Timeless, easy listen great vocals. You got a friend is a classic but I also loved tapestry and way over yonder. Great stuff!
it's 5/5 no doubbbb
Love it, I feel the earth move and way over yonder are great!
Very good. Lots of song I know but didn't know it was her.
One of the classics
the heart. Telling compelling stories with each song. The music is a great accompaniment, never overshadowing her great vocals. She is one of the greatest song writers in history and her credits could easily fill all time lists. I cannot say enough good about this album(and King herself). Definitely a must listen.
One of my all time favorite albums. I feel the earth move has been ringing in my head since getting this pick.
one of the fairy godmothers of rock and roll
I know this first song! I don’t think I knew it was by Carole King. I feel like I’ve heard of her but didn’t really know anything about her. And I know the second one, too. I guess she’s a pop queen of the 70s.
wicked flute, sax, rhodes --> jazz influences incredible vocals wow way over yonder is slapper
Fire piano and vocals, an absolute peach of a classic
She's an awesome song writer too.
Je connais deja tres bien cet album et je l’ai ecoute des dizaines de fois. 5*
Songwriting Excellence, full of soul
Simply beautiful. I think this album is essential to any vinyl collection.
A proper classic
Top, top album.
I had a wonderful time walking around abbey fields listening to this album in the sunshine after work. Beautiful. I was surprised at how many of the songs I already knew. I must have heard this before in a former life.
Let this float around the room in the morning
Great album! 4.5 stars! Rounded to a 5. Wikipedia says Soft Rock but I would've said R&B. Carole King's voice is incredibly solid, and she does really push herself and show it off. Mostly quite energetic groovy songs, with some slow and intimate ballads that go well with her voice. A couple of these songs have stood the test of time. "You've Got a Friend" is like a complete emotional blanket. "Way Over Yonder" in 6/8 is really decent (+sexy sax solo) but my favourite may be "I Feel The Earth Move" as the rhythm section (gtar, bass, piano, drums) all get to play great melodies and solos.
Pretty incredible, honestly. Took me a couple listens - less attention can make this album seem a little slow (read: my other reviews on singer-songwriter albums), but I loved this. The tunes are so catchy, she's got a superb voice, and each piece fits well with the next. A 4.5 I'm giving a 5 because what the hell Saved: It's Too Late, Way over Yonder, Tapestry, (You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman
I definitely did not see this coming. This album is amazing. I have always been aware of this record, but I’d never actually listened to it. Perhaps it was good that I didn’t, I’m not sure you get me would have appreciated it. As it stands, this is a great album. It absolutely scratches that 70’s itch that I’ve developed. This is an absolute 5
The ultimate singer-songwriter album of its time. It’s flawless and testament to Carole King’s incredible talent.
Tapestry is like All Things Must Pass, all of those ideas just needing a canvas to present themselves. Soulful and conversational lyrics, with blues-y and approachable music throughout.
Wow! I had vaguely heard of Carole King as a famous songwriter, but never checked out her own recordings. This one is fantastic. All the songs are King's, and all delivered amazingly. Two of the songs were co-written with her ex-husband when they were a writing team, and two of the songs had already been hits for other artists. I was expecting the softer folkier vibes, but this album also has a strong R&B/soul feel, which I might have expected given that Aretha Franklin and The Shirelles were the artists who already recorded two of the songs. I'm not a fan of Aretha's style, and I actually prefer King's version "You Make Me Feel". In essence, this is just a great album from start to finish. Perfect 5.
great for studying! Loved
So very nice and mellow. 5 stars!
This is a classic album. No skips and each song is timeless.
This one of a handful of albums I do not need to hear again to know how important it is, how much I love it, why it's one of the best-selling albums ever, and why it's absolutely essential on a list like this. Her songwriting, her recording and performance of the material, the album's cultural significance and impact on music that followed, and so on. That, and by all accounts, she seems to be an absolutely wonderful person (I even walked right by her when I lived in L.A. and she gave me a big smile! Yep, I'm totally star-struck ;). Five stars in every way!
Brilliant, best album yet. Somehow, an album that combines soul, blues, soft rock, and folk, none of which I would say I particularly like, manages to really grab me. Every song that comes on seems to be my favourite
I actually loved the album, i though I wasn't gonna love it, but i do. It's really a good one, a perfecto folk-alternative rock album, I really liked it. It's one of my favourites since.
This was a real gem. Hadn't heard of her before (though had heard a few of the songs).
Album Song Ranking: So Far Away Way Over Yonder (H.M.) You've Got a Friend (H.M.) Where You Lead Natural Woman Beautiful Will You Love Me Tomorrow I Feel the Earth Move Home Again Tapestry It's Too Late Smackwater Jack Additional Comments:
This album was great! None of the songs missed the mark for me; I enjoyed them all. This is a masterpiece, honestly. 5/5 stars.
Feels extremely intimate and personal, most of the songs bang too. The instruments are all captured in the mix so well too, great album!
go off queen hell yeah
Sonically pleasing. Very easy to listen and enjoy. Nice vocals accompanied by the minimal instrumentals is a perfect combination for this record. Surprisingly doesn't sound as dated as other albums recorded around the same time because of its stripped-down approach of soft vocals and soft instrumentals. The whole record is a cohesive and smooth body of work, with no abrupt stops and changes.
A true classic and as enjoyable today as the day it was recorded.
Wow, i knew nothing about carole king or this album and i thought most of these songs were originally by other people. I dont know what to say about this collection of songs outside of the fact its pretty near pefect.
oh my god this was amazing
Some folks put on Pink Floyd and watch Wizard of Oz. Some folks put on Carole King and watch Gilmore Girls. I’ve done both.
I feel like I use, "an impressive blend of [insert genres here]," whenever I'm praising an album, but I think this album is a great mix of a number of genres I wasn't really expecting. Rock, folk, blues, gospel... I can see James Taylor's influence on this record (and he also plays on it, so that makes sense), as well as a song I could see Creedence Clearwater Revival doing ("Smackwater Jack"). I can see all of the praise for this record: I don't think I can find a bad song. King is a phenomenal songwriter and it shines through on this record. Definitely gonna give this record a spin when it gets cooler out; a very fall/winter-mood record. Favorite tracks: "So Far Away", "Home Again", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?"
I don't even have to listen to this. It's on constant rotation and is a stellar 5
I'm thinking of a visit to the dentist long ago. He was getting ready to do some major drilling, and he asked me if I wanted to listen to any music. Tapestry is the album I picked. I found it warm and soothing in that unpleasant moment, and it's still an album I turn to when I want to feel comforted. Stressful day at work, Tapestry. Bummed out by current events, Tapestry. Having a moment when I'm stuck in my feelings, Tapestry. Even the cover... look at Carole King in the window, like a friend who is there to listen to you. In its way, this album feels like an old friend, as much as an album can. Tapestry has been there with me for so many years and speaks to me in a way few albums do. I think a lot of women, a lot of people, feel the same way. King's vocals and arrangements are understated, heartfelt, relatable. The songwriting is warm, earnest, intimate. The production is flawless. It's a beautiful album, long one of my favorites. Fave songs: It's Too Late, Home Again, So Far Away, Beautiful, Way Over Yonder
I associate this album with a working mum in the 1980s, coming home from her corporate job, making dinner for the family, seeing her kids to bed, then relaxing with a glass of wine and her Carole. And for a long time, this was a bad thing, but maybe I've aged into this demographic, if not the exact lifestyle, because I'm enjoying this album. It has Cazza's strong Brill Building pop sensibility filtered through her chilled-out lady vibes. An album full of pop classics.
A classic from the singer/songwriter era. Some would say it is THE singer/songwriter album. The first time I've listened to the album from front to back but of course I am already intimately familiar with at least 6 or even 8 songs on this 12 song album...that's pretty amazing in itself. The triumvirate of the first three songs...I feel The Earth Move, So Far Away and It's Too Late is incredible. Then the middle (side 2?) has You've Got A Friend, Where You Lead and Will You Love Me Tomorrow. And then we end with the gorgeous title track (which I was not familiar with) and then the epic; (....) A Natural Woman. It really is quite remarkable the number of songs this song has contributed to popular music...standards in the true sense of the word. Bravo Carole! 5 stars
I was very pleasantly surprised. This is cool.
Tapestry is a perfect album. That's all there is to say about that.
Basically a perfect pop album. Not a weak track here.
Carole King bangs. This album was amazing.
What a banger of an album. This has every right to be one of the best-selling classic albums of all time just because it sounds so good. King's voice, songwriting, and quintessential 70s sound all come together to make every song enjoyable. Fav songs: I feel the earth move, its too late, way over yonder, where you lead
Songs that stand the test of time, really put Carole on the map as more than just a songwriter.
Snow is cold, rain is wet and my dick is rock solid. One of my favourite things to do when it snows is to go outside and pretend it's the first time I've ever seen it, just to see how people react. They usually don't care, so I just shrug, tackle them to the ground and sometimes molest them. Then every time it snows after that, they too pretend to themselves it's the first time they've seen it, to try and block out the molestation from their psyche.
I mean, just insanely good. Bangers only. Outstanding, top top top top stuff.
Holy crap, I had heard many of these songs before and had no idea they were all by one person, let alone on the same album. Incredible.
One of my mom's favorites. Classic
Wow! An excellent album that completely blows a lot of the other female singer songwriters of the era out of the water. Tough getting Aretha and Carole back-to-back, since it makes what would be a great rendition of Carole singing "You Make Me Feel" seem incredibly pedestrian in comparison. That's not Carole's fault.
Wow, wat een relaxte muziek. Goed gezongen ook! Heel wat bekende nummers zelfs!! Mijn favorieten is "It's Too Late", maar de verrassing is "Where You Lead". *****
Groovy to solemn
I mean, come on. Carole King is the goat
Another album falls in my comfort zone! All those wonderful songs, oh! It's Too Late! Will You Love Me Tomorrow! A Natural Woman!
One of my mom's favorite albums so I've listened to it countless times. But that's okay, but it's great. Seriously, first track to last, it's a killer album. I can't think of a thing on it that I would change.
One of the best records I took from my parents. I have no idea how many times I listened to this growing up.
Another one of those iconic albums that exist in the fringes until you actually give it the focus it deserves and realize it's been in your heart through the airwaves from...ever. Astonishing voice and amazing display of song writing.
Piano and song Early pop
Very difficult to find anything wrong with this album.
One of the most quintessential singer-songwriter albums of all time
Crazy how many good songs are on here.
This is incredible. So wholesome and at times so heart wrenching. I LOVE her songwriting style, and it's a style that shines through after just 2 or 3 songs. So blunt and yet not simplistic at all. Gorgeous melodies and songs overall.
An amazing album, from lyrics to mixing to composition truly a fantastic listening experience!
Rock setentero suave. Ni sé la de megahits que tiene... Un 5 claro.
This album is a bit softer than my usual, but I think it deserves 5 stars. This album has a warm, cozy, lived-in feeling personified by the photo of the artist sitting on a window seat with her cat. According to Wikipedia, King wrote or co-wrote every song as well as singing and playing keyboards and piano.
One of those albums that I never expected to like as much as I did
Soul-pop blue para encher o coração
5.5…excellent music…all time great…one of the greats singer and songwriter
Þvílík dúndurplata. Frábært lagasafn, flott production og frábær flutningur. All time klassíker.
ouvido em 2/2/2022, maravilhoso. como foi bom relembrar de carole king.
Первый альбом, который довелось послушать по программе 1001, и тут же настоящий хит - «Tapestry» вышел тиражом более 25-ти млн копий по всему миру, став одним из самых успешных в рок-истории. Прекрасный, соуло-подобный голос Кэрол Кинг находился во главе списка Billboard 200 целых 15 недель подряд, что стало рекордом для всех женщин-исполнительниц, который Кинг удерживала более 40 лет вплоть до диска 2012 года «21» британской певицы Адель.
Безумно нравится то, как звучит вся музыка 70-х годов, и здесь всё же особенно прекрасно выделяются фортепиано(на то это и основной инструмент), а насколько чудесны аккомпанементы. Отличные бэки, особенно в Where you lead!! Я, как любитель разбираться в текстах, решила немного позанудствовать. Кажется, что песни составляют некую продолжительную историю, в общем, чувство, что ты читаешь завораживающую книгу, которая с каждой страницей вовлекает тебя все больше. А текст "You've got a friend" отлично поиграл на моих эмоциях, кто бы знал... А как звучит "Tapesty"... Dear Lord, а помимо звучания, все эти метафоры в тексте - это просто великолепное сочетание. В общем, невероятный альбом, испытала поразительные эмоции (без шуток), надеюсь, найду время послушать другие ее песни.
da ništa drugo ne valja (šta nikako nije slučaj!!), samo bi zbog klavira dala 5/5. Nisan imala pojma da su neke od ovih pisama njene, definitivno ću opet slušat!
I really relate to the lyrics about feeling lonely, seeing the genuine emotions in people even when they can't, feeling like you don't have a home, and unconditional love toward someone who you care about later in the album. I found it very relatable and it's really nice for the right setting, I don't think I'll be jamming it every day but great lyrics, great voice, excellent story telling
I did not realize that Carole was such an incredible songwriter. This album is packed with radio staples; some would become hits with others performing but they are here just the same. I thought it was an above average album as while the so gs themselves are brilliant, the performance isn't always amazing. I'm not really a big fan of soft rock but this was about as good as the genre can get. I guess that's backhanded praise but it is what it is. In the end, I have to give this one full credit. I usually score based upon my own enjoyment, but my enjoyment would probably be a 3 or a 4. This album deserves a 5 because it's just masterful songwriting. It's a undeniable classic.
Is Carole King the original Adele? Is she a better singer songwriter than Adele? Both questions that need asking, and I vote yes. What a legendary album or beautiful classics this is.
A clinic in songwriting.
What an album
This has been played so many times, it is embedded in the basic DNA of the culture. A classic easy listening album. I don't want to blame Tapestry for the thousands of pale imitators that followed. this is up there with 'Blue' as one of the greatest singer-songwriter albums of all time. (I still think Smackwater Jack is out of place on the record, but other that, it is difficult to fault).
I think i've never really listened to this as my mum was a huge fan. But WOW. What a song writer. So much we know and love - she wrote (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman? Really? Just incredible.
Perfect. Who can say any more?
What an amazing songwriter.
classic from the singer/songwriter era. Some would say it is THE singer/songwriter album. The first time I've listened to the album from front to back but of course I am already intimately familiar with at least 6 or even 8 songs on this 12 song album...that's pretty amazing in itself. The triumvirate of the first three songs...I feel The Earth Move, So Far Away and It's Too Late is incredible. Then the middle (side 2?) has You've Got A Friend, Where You Lead and Will You Love Me Tomorrow. And then we end with the gorgeous title track (which I was not familiar with) and then the epic; (....) A Natural Woman. It really is quite remarkable the number of songs this song has contributed to popular music...standards in the true sense of the word. Bravo Carole! 5 stars
Great first album to listen.
Such beautiful textures out of both her voice and the piano make this an easy five stars. Maybe with another listen I could make this more to be a four star but if I leave it to the first and only listen it is a five star. a la janis it's rawness and intensity.
One of the greatest albums of all time.
Un disco muy bonito y con muchas tonalidades y sabores. Conocía varias de las canciones, incluso en otras versiones algunas de ellas, pero no había oído todo en conjunto y así me gustaron todavía más. Más allá de la obvia (You've Got A Friend) y el tema de Gilmore Girls (que siempre había visto como una especie de autocover a You've Got a Friend) el disco no se queda en esa melosidad sino que viene desde algo poderoso como I Feel The Earth Move, a algo melancólico como Tapestry. La voz de Carol es además muy especial porque tiene melancolía y dulzura, pero a la vez tiene un poco de raposidad cuando la necesita.
There's so much to enjoy from this album: the vocals, the sensitive production, the general all round ambience and warmth. But it comes down to the songs. There's not a poor choice on here. Each track is a masterpiece in song writing. Carole King makes the album personal with the emotion coming across. I've returned back to Tapestry for over three decades now. Each time it still delights.
Impossible to argue against this one. So many classics Cover art 3/5
All bangers, front to back.
Brilliant from start to finish (though not a massive fan of the title track). Powerful without being overdone.
This is lovely, lovely, lovely. It's been on repeat all afternoon whilst Carol King's beautiful songs and voice slowly sink into my soul and envelop me in a sense of calm enjoyment. Every track is top quality. Incredible. Rating: 5/5 Playlist track: It's Too Late Date listened: 21/04/22
The writing was splendid and the imagery travelled throughout each track The piano wasn't grand but made the listening experience that much better This is my 10th time listening to this album and my favourites are still: Home Again, Tapestry, Natural Woman and Smackwater Jack
What a gem
Wow. A classic I didn't even know existed. A track list of hits I never realized were written by the same artist. This is amazing...shopping for it on vinyl.
I'm a fan of Carole King's music, but I never really dug real deep into it. So, I'll put my ignorance on full display here by acknowledging that I had no idea she played the piano (or even how piano-driven these songs really are) - which made me appreciate her (and this album) even more. There are a ton of great songs on here. Way Over Yonder is a beautiful song that I was previously unaware of - one of my new favorites. This recent listen also made me realize how much of an influence King must have been on Grace Potter, who I think is amazing. For all of those reasons, I'm bumping what everything in me says is a "high 4" up to a solid 5.
A bit like Cloud Nine, some awesome tracks and I love her voice but there are some fillers that keep me from giving it 5 stars
god tier Singer-songwriter album
Great songwriter, great voice. What’s not to like?
The most impressive thing about this album is the consistency. Every track is carefully and creatively crafted, and there's not a single one that stands out in a bad way. Having said that, nothing really sets it apart as an all-time great, either. It's a really, really solid album. Best track: You've Got A Friend
Songs were very memorable
Amazing, simply Amazing Album that's all I can say.
Good stuff. Lots of good songs on here. No surprise I guess, Carole King is an excellent songwriter. Bonus points for having a cat on the cover
You alright carole!
She has some great songs. Never realized how much she is covered. Great song writer and vocals.
This is cool! Didn't know who this was but I knew a couple of these songs. Really liked this album actually
What a treat. Didn't really know Carole King except from the Gilmore Girls theme but this was great and I knew a lot more songs than I thought I would.
what a treat.
Noen bra bangers, hvertfall " I feel the earth move"
Actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I can see why people love this album.
So many well known tunes
So many familiar songs so good
Great album, I was very impressed! Turns out I was familiar with King’s work without knowing specifically who she was. “It’s too Late” and “Natural Woman” are obviously part of the zeitgeist. She’s obviously a very talented songwriter.
Have a soft spot for folky female singers. She is no Aretha Franklin but definitely has a lot of well known songs on this album. I'd say the production isn't amazing on this but it was early 70s and not on a big label, so fair play to them for pushing out a bunch of bangers. I'll leave the technical analysis to bwoi. Also check out that McFly cover
Recognizable songs I didn't realize were by Carole King - I Feel the Earth Move | It's Too Late Relaxing but pained/Emotional/Weirdly uplifting/Bittersweet
Couldn’t believe how many hits were on this album that had been covered by other artists. What an iconic album.
Wow, Carole King was a pop cultural tyrannosaurus rex! I was largely ignorant of her, but bet I've heard countless dozens of songs she wrote over the years. Fave track - "It's Too Late"
I feel guilty that so many of these songs I know, yet I don't give ol' Carole much thought. Clearly an incredible songwriter with a really pure, rich tone to her voice which is so soothing. A triumph
Have always liked this one
Easy listening. Classic FM. I want to hate it but it's too smoooooth.
Quite good and definitely grew on me as I listened to more but there weren’t too many special moments on the album. 8
Quite cheesy but good old classics
Excelente voz. Temas evocadores. Buenos acompañamientos
IMHO Tapestry is the definition of "Middle of the Road". It's a very well crafted album, though.
The definition of MOR. The songs are well crafted, though.
Full of familiar tunes that I hadn't realized were written by the same person
What a voice.
Chill & calming.
soft rock, very nice to chill along to
I really liked it. Already knew a few songs so that was good.
Never listened to this album before but recognised pretty much every song. Very pleasant
It's not the Best thing ever but I thought that it was cool listening in that moment.
Nice. Couldn't run to it, but listened to it a couple of loops though in the evening.
Like the oldies
Aretha Franklin vibes. Didn't realise I knew so many of the songs on this album, without ever knowing the artist, shame on me. Joyful, soulful & most triumphant album.
I recognise first track 'I Feel The Earth Move' , always thought this would have been by a black soul singer. 'It's Too Late', 'You've Got A Friend' massive tunes too. Decent, definitely a 4
Pretty good, some classic songs on here
Веселенько и про любофь. Добавил: It's too Late, Beautiful, I Feel the Earth Move
Its a classic for a reason. You probably know most of the songs already, even if its another artists version.
Very solid singer-songwriter album with some true classics!
Only had previously listened to a few song by her. I really enjoyed listening to the album.
Pretty cool, vocal recording feels raw and a lot of keyboards!
The pinnacle of female singer songwriters. This album was really a tale of two sides though. Everything in the first half is spot on - lyrics, composition, energy - while the second half is a combination of songs that are a bit lighter and even somber, along with a few classics that Carole had written for other artists. It's a classic, timeless album but based on the second half I'm going with a 4.5 down to a 4.
wish I could listen to it with fresh ears but sounds so much like mom music from my mom playing it over the years constantly
Melodic Passionate Nice
nice vocals, good instrumentals, personal lyrics
Did not expect to like a 70s pop/soul album but it sounds like something that was never done before for some reason. good stuff 8.5/10
Wow, I've heard so many of her songs in shows and movies and never knew they were all by Carole King - a name I don't think I have heard of...embarrassingly showing how young and ignorant I am
A forgotten (for me) masterpiece- virtually every track is good. Brought me back to my childhood as this album was on repeat for much of my youth
Beautiful very soft Folk Rock.
Love track 3!
I enjoyed this album quite a bit, mostly because I love sad music and I found most of this album to be very sad. There’s a desperation in even songs like Where You Lead, which seems to be a sweet song. Many of these songs I had only heard covers of, but many of them don’t even scratch the surface of the emotion Carole King serves. Overall, loved it.
laid-back album dat met wat sad songs begint, maar een iets positievere noot heeft naar het einde toe
A warm, lazy summer's day, a nice glass of something - just the right album.
Well known soulful piano and melody driven album - sometimes difficult to recall originals from all the first class covers! Not greatest voice but such good musicianship and writing. Great, but not quite a 5 star lp, sorry!
Приятный тёплый альбом)))
Pretty classic. Heard 90% of this one before. 4/5.
Very nice chill album, she's great!
Fantastic album by a master singer-songwriter
This is a nice album, I like her voice and she is a great songwriter. Fun to hear her version of You've Got a Friend, I am mostly just familiar with James Taylor's version.
Really liked this. Really smart songwriting and solid playing throughout
Hit after hit. Easy listening and wonderful collection of tracks that I'd happily listen to again. Plus the album cover has a cat on it.
This is actually a great album. Lots of known songs all throughout with It's Too Late the most known song. 7/10.
Great album. Awesome to hear so many songs done by the original composer
This was my first suggested album. Solid stuff! I've heard of a couple of her songs before but not super familiar with her stuff. Was a great listen.
Una mamma per amica sempre nel cuore, disco bellissimo.
A collection of well crafted classic songs. Just not for me.
Relaxing, down-to-earth album. Smooth voice and arrangements. It is also one of the best selling albums of all time. (7/10) FT: It's Too Late, You've Got A Friend
I Feel The Earth Move and You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman! Home Again has some pretty forward, dumb lyrics however. Where You Lead! Will You Love Me Tomorrow! wow this album is studded with hits.
Relentless soulful positivity. I'm shoked that so many songs that I've heard numerous times all come from one album, which I've never heard of. I mean seriously... "I Feel the Earth Move", "Its Too Late", "You've Got a Friend", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman)"! It took me a couple run throughs to get a clear sense of what made the album great, but chalk that up to my crappy headphones. If you only have the energy for one track, I found "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman)" to be the most emotionally dynamic track.
This is one of these albums that sometimes work and sometimes not at all. When I listened to it today, I did not get into it so much as before. It should definitely be on the list but I give it a 4.
3.5/5. This is some pretty enjoyable soft rock. It’s not particularly freak, but it’s also very easy to listen to.
Great album. I thought she was doing covers of "You've Got a Friend" and "A Natural Woman" but it turns out she wrote both of those. A cool album that really embodies the sound of the time. 4.5 stars
An impressive songwriting album. No wonder its reception was so strong.
feel good album, balance of serious and joyous songs
מעולה,אחד האלבומים האהובים על אמא
1971. It's Too Late, You've Got A Friend, I Feel The Earth Move
Pretty excellent album that was a first time listen. It’s a bit rare to have a new album that I felt was so well made. This album had several songs that are lyrically excellent. The songs are more instrumentally complex than other singer songwriter albums too. This was a good listen. 7.9/10
Great singer. She represents all of a time.
Très bel album mais le style musical ne me touche pas personnellement Prefs: I Feel The Erath Move, Beautiful, Where You Lead, Smackwater Jack, Tapestry, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman Moins pref: Way Over Yonder
ils vont me faire aimer la musique de cowboy
Carol King is pretty fucking special.
Enjoyed this one.
Okay. So, firstly, as a child of the sixties, I ought to admit that I should have listened to this album long before now. I'm not sure why I haven't - but there you are. This said I knew that Tapestry was generally accepted to be one of the greatest albums of its time and it didn't disappoint. Crammed full of instantly recognisable hits and a beautiful showcase for Carol King's awesome talent, the album is a wonderfully relaxing easy listen that comforts you like a favourite blanket. I would have given it a full five stars were it not for one or two songs that didn't really make me think Wow!
This album is a true classic, but also has some songs I’ve never heard before. Good stuff.
Just so many hits here! What a great album.
Delightful. Plus, I had no idea Carole King wrote some of these.
Best Song: Way over Yonder. Really powerful vocal performance. Worst Song: Home Again. This just feels entirely plain, especially following the previous songs wherein King really showed off her vocal prowess. Also has some weak lyrics. "Snow is cold, rain is wet." Overall: Really soulful performance. Has a few slow moments, but overall the package is delivered with such a passion that you can't help but feel like a natural woman.
It's nice, but not really my cup of tea. 7/10
Idem ponovno dati šansu. Već sam preslušao bio prije par godina *checks last.fm quickly* - > 2020. october to be exact. (garant sam tražio jesenske albume) // iskren da budem, ovaj album bi mi se bez problema trebao sviditi, nešto je slično Joni Mitchell, samo nije toliko instrumentalno upečatljivo, ne znam, ali je svakako divan album, ali me et nešta muči, a ne znam šta. možd previše očekujem ili si umišljam da je ovo album koji mi se baš *mora* svidit? da budete tipa 9/10 ili više? za sada, mi se sviđa, ali ne u onoj porciji koju sam očekivao, dakle maksimalna osmica, dalje ne ide, ali svakak ako bude neka akcija za ovaj vinyl, uzeo bi si sigurno - vjerujem da će bolji zvuk imati, osjećaj, a cover je mjau.
Not my thing but classic easy…
Solid front to back. Album definitely has the hits. Only medium sappy.
Not much of a fan of CK, but this album has some all-time classics on it. Really good album. Great song writing.
I really liked this one. Very good road trip vibes
Seminal album. Not my preferred genre, but the artistry is evident
Really enjoyed it, fantastic piano, great singing
Qué tres bombazos!!! "I Feel the Earth Move", "It's Too Late" y "You've Got a Friend". Impresionantes canciones que no sabía de quien eran. Esto me reconcilia con la lista de los 1001 discos. Gracias por enseñarme música.
And, isn't that what we really want whenever that special person is around, to feel the earth move under our feet and the sky tumblin’ down, and our hearts start to trembling? It’s a joyful opener that grabs the listener by the hand for a spin around the room, only to then take an immediate U turn with the next two mournful but thoughtful numbers, ‘So Far Away’ and ‘It’s Too Late.’ In addition to sounding pure Southern California circa 1971- Curtis Amy’s fluttering flute, Charlie Larkey’s melodic and tasteful bass accompaniment, and Danny ‘Kootch’ Kortchmar easing into soft blues guitar solos throughout- the tapestry of moods on 'Tapestry' is also very 1971 America, revealing her bruised optimism and hope’s endurance beginning to falter. There’s a lot of blues and soul on this album, but different than the African American blues of the south, the soul of Motown. Carole’s is softer, along with her tender piano playing and rich, soothing voice. It doesn’t hurt, either, to have the assistance of the likes of James Taylor and Julia Tillman on harmonies. And may I suggest that it’s a pretty ballsy (or the female equivalent, ovarysy) move to end your LP with a cover of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Natural Woman.’ But, again, Carole puts her own soft spin on it, not competing with the Queen of Soul, but instead making it her own. Kind of a coffee house Aretha. Lyrically, in songs like ‘Home Again’ and ‘You’ve Got a Friend,’ gifts like love and family, care and healing are honored and celebrated. The tapestry image was very popular in 1971, and no doubt overdone, but what I like about Carole’s usage is that rather than degenerating into clichéd homiletics, it goes an entirely different route, gradually blooming into a fairy tale. And ending mysteriously with the appearance of ‘A figure grey and ghostly beneath a flowing beard. In times of deepest darkness, I’ve seen him dressed in black. Now my tapestry’s unravelling, and he’s come to take me back.’ Lots and lots to ponder here with an open imagination. 'Tapestry' always takes me back to my childhood- I was 12 years old in the summer of 1971- and beginning to feel ever so unsettled by my own innocence slipping away with the onset of puberty. (How may I possibly convey to a generation with access to internet porn about how liberatingly sensual this cover photo was to a pre-teen in 1971?) America was struggling with the loss of its own innocence as well, and this LP never fails to raise both joyful and sorrowful memories from that season. But the healing beauty of Carole King’s performance still offers a soothing balm.
Didn't listen enough but seemed good
Some nice moments... can see why it’s held in such high regard.
this is p cool, I know a few of the songs cause I think it's been on the radio liek a kazillion times. I guess it's "oldies" at this point but it's still catchy. 3/5.
Hyviä tuttuja biisejä löyty tältä levyltä. Muutenkin diggailin tunnelmasta. Hyvän mielen levy!
Good, not great. Lot of good songs and liked the vocals but just wasn't feeling it.
good song writing, some boppers
Muutama tuttu biisi. Voisin kuunnella helposti uudelleen ja taidan kuunnellakin...
Full of classics
Reminds me of Fleetwood Mack, classic music from the 70s.
There are some really good songs like You've got a friend and (You make me feel like) A natural woman (even though this one is a cover), but overall it's too slow paced for me.
That one album you always saw record hunting. Knew all the hits but enjoyed listening to the whole thing.
Has some lovely moments, but the production isn't doing much for me. I'm struggling to grasp onto the emotional core of the songs. Some great choruses though, especially in the big hits. Also "Where you lead" makes me think of Gilmore Girls which is always nice.
Some solid songwriting and excellent production. Turns out I knew half the record because it’s half hit songs. I would say 3.5 for me
What a songwriter: these are almost all eternal classics! 3.5
Some decent tracks
This is the good shit. Great start with I feel the earth move. So far away is slower, but a great ballad. It’s too late is solid. Funky and soulful. Album is great so far. Home Again is a bit of a lull, but not bad. Beautiful is fun. Way over yonder is solid again. You’ve got a friend also slow ballad. Slow middle unfortunately letting down the side. Great album but will only revisit a number of the songs regularly.
did not care for it, but that's a turning point of a record
I liked the first half. The second half, I began to feel fatigue.
I liked the Gilmore Girls song. good album don't know if I would listen to it again
Definitely in many movies in those transitional driving scenes.
Tranquilo, melódico. Bueno.
Better than I thought. Pretty classic.
Una version de James Taylor femenina
Classic album with some popular songs. Great piano work and bass line was excellent throughout.
Singles from Tapestry "It's Too Late"/"I Feel the Earth Move" Released: April 1971 "So Far Away"/"Smackwater Jack" Released: March 1971
Bit boring. 5
Some of the more boring selections from the Home Depot soundtrack on here. Not bad but a snooze fest 5/10
she's a brilliant song writer and a few absolute classics but a full album is a stretch at once. 7/10
not that bad actually, some good tracks
Production: 9/20 Songwriting: 14/20 Innovation: 9/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 14/20 =51 Perfectly pleasant (also really loved the cover of will you still love me tomorrow)
Mucho piano, setentero, rollo Elton John
The three lead tracks are instant pop classics, the songcraft throughout is unparalleled, the arrangements conform to Carole King's vocal style like a bespoke suit, and King's lyrics are intelligent and sensitive. So why don't I like Tapestry better? Part of the reason is that the style rubs me the wrong way. All of the edges have been sanded down. King's style is an amalgam of soul, pop, and rock n' roll, but here it's housebroken, with all the rude phone calls razored out. Drummer Russ Kunkel and guitarist Danny Kortchmar, the core of a group of session musicians who backed such Laurel Canyon luminaries as Jackson Brown, Linda Rondstadt, and Warren Zevon, give competent but toothless backing. And even though King's songcraft is impeccable, sometimes there seems to be more perspiration than inspiration involved in such songs as Beautiful, Way Over Yonder, and Where You Lead. Most damaging is the title track, which edges over into twee, with its nursery rhyme melody and imagery. And Smackwater Jack tries too hard to be edgy--King comes off like a little girl playing dress-up. I don't want to be too harsh. Carole King is a creditable performer. Her piano comping is simple but always tasteful and if her voice is homely, she wields it with great understanding and skill. Still, the final track on Tapestry shows her limitations. King's rendition of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, while competent enough, doesn't really bring out the song's potential, the way Aretha's did. Now, it may seem unfair to compare Carole King to the Queen of Soul, but I'm just trying to point out that King's talents were chiefly as a songwriter, not a performer. Some of these songs might have faired better with a gutsier, more powerful performer. So, how to rate? The first three songs are lightning in a bottle and the rest of the album is thoroughly professional, if not to my personal taste. I'm probably guilty of underrating this, but I'm going to give it 3.5/5 stars. 3.5/5
It was ok
<3 but still 3 stars. a little overplayed in my childhood.
Some good singer-songwriter, with the emphasis on songwriter; Though her versions are great, I prefer a lot of other performances and arrangements, such as Taylor's "You've got a friend".
I listened to this while I was pottering around tidying my room, fitted my mood well I think today. I knew a few of the songs as it went on and liked listening to them, but definitely ended on the biggest banger with 'natural woman'.
Meh. The songs are so familiar, I understand why this is in the list, but I just don't like her voice. The production quality leaves something to be desired too.
very nice album, very calming
This was a pleasant enough 70s styled album. Of course it has a couple all star songs on here which definitely helped solidified this albums place on the list.
Carole King is one of those artists that I have heard several tracks from, and I know that they are talented and deserve praise. I know that this is a landmark album, but I started today's listen with a sense of resignation... "I guess I'm listening to this today". The music is good, a solid 3 stars. I know some of the lyrics to at least 4 or 5 of the tracks on this album. I just don't imagine a second listen of this album any time soon.
dont think i was in the right mood for this album but it was nice
Good voice, nice melodies, production mediocre.
Carole King...who knew? hahaha. Are all the songs on this hits? Female light rock goodness. One lane, one really really good lane. Low key sound enough like each other to be everywhere without knowing it lolz
- Heard before but not for several years
Fav Tracks: I Feel the Earth Move; So Far Away; It's Too Late. Pretty good but it kinda falls short on the 2nd half of the album. It has good moments.
"Tapestry still holds the record for most consecutive weeks at number one by a female solo artist." Interesting story about James Taylor recording HER song, "You've Got a Friend", at the same time she recorded it, with the same musicians, both winning Grammys.
She sings pretty good for a white chick
victim of its own success in a way? Everything felt like it had done before... even though she probably pioneered it. A few really great songs though
Once I saw the track-list of this album I knew I was in for a surprise. Seeing tracks like 'I Feel the Earth Move' and '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' which are absolutely iconic songs, of which I had no idea who originally sung them. Its a very relaxed pop/folksy album with acoustic guitars and piano playing that has an old world feel to it. Best: I Feel the Earth Move; (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman Worst: Way Over Yonder
Definitely not the target audience for this one, not bad though. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman reminds me of that 80s/90s commercial, was it underwear?
In every baby boomer mom's top ten. Some big classics here but ultimately not my thing.
I didn’t know she wrote those songs. That’s cool
Interesting to hear the songwriter herself do these huge hits which are best known by other artists. Polished Easy Listening.
Talented, pleasant listen, but not something I’m likely to come back to for repeat listens
I'd imagine it's the kind of album Paul Scholes sucks on his family member's toes to. A glass of scotch and chewing your own daughter's toenails and Carole King, what a perfect evening.
October 29, 2021 Obviously a great songwriter and I really wanted to like a monster album by a female artist, but just a little too chill for me and don't love her voice. But some great songs on here.
A bit too soft at times, but overall great melodies.
Listened a lot to this as a kid. Not my favorite to be honest.
Good songwriting and instrumentation not my favorite genre but solid
Sweet and lovely. Think that some of these song will stay in my folk playlist
Pleasant enough tunes for background noise.
Good I suppose
12/13/2021 Today's Album: "Tapestry" by Carole King - This album is really fun. So many songs that played during this album made me think, "oh I've heard this before!" And that's because of just how influential this album is. Songs like I feel the earth move and You've got a friend have been covered by other groups countless times and for good reason. These are soulful, bouncy, and well written singer songwriter tracks and the the band that backs her amazing voice are also extremely talented with great performances of great arrangements. I like a lot of the songs off of here despite how dated some parts feel and I think it deserves a listen from anyone that enjoys music. Score: 7/10 Extremely influential and very enjoyable Highlights: I feel the earth move, it's too late, beautiful, you've got a friend, smackwater jack
very primary school choir. features one song in shrek
Ganz nett. Schlechte 3.
The album is ok. I recognized You've Got Friend but not this version, You make me feel like a natural woman and a couple of others sounded familiar. There is no desire to listen to this album again.
So far away & It’s too late Dobar neki vibe, ženska patetika ali na neki feel-good način, rilejtam
Sounds like broadway musical songs, not my favourite
King's a songwriting titan. It's surprising how much of her stuff you know without knowing.
There are some powerful tracks where the lyrics shine through here, but for most of the LP it seems King's vocals are mixed directly in the instrumentals. Everything just tends to blend together as a result, obscuring the singer half of this singer-songwriter album.
Typical female folk album of the 70s, really. Have no idea why it's so big.
It's alright. Pretty much every song is quite pretty, but they are all just so one-dimensional. Like each one could be summed up with a single sentence and you wouldn't be missing anything. 5/10
A favourite once upon a time. It hasn't aged so well, but then who has?
I found this album a little dreary. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mindset for it? 6/10.
Not really my cup of tea but I can tell it's really good
Didn't think I knew any of her songs, but knew most of them
Au début j'aimais bien, mais très vite la voix de crecelle de Carole King, cette sous Joan Baez, a commencé à me taper sur le système. C'est donc tout naturellement que je lui accorde la note de 3/5. Vous vous demandez sûrement pourquoi mes reviews du moment ne proposent que le strict minimum, la raison est très simple: mon camarade d'écoute robbelvèdère est actuellement emprisonné dans une cellule du Bad Wuttemberg. Au delà des plus élémentaires questions de liberté que cela soulève, il y a plus grave: rob ne peut rédiger le moindre review. En guise de contestation, je décide donc de proposer le strict minimum, afin de peut-être attirer l'attention de Robert sur les mesures liberticides prises par les autorités du Bundesland.
Cet album a l'air de jouir d'une certaine popularité si l'on en croit le nombre d'écoutes sur les plateformes musicales. Problème : je ne le connais, ni lui, ni l'artiste qui l'a pondu. Solution : quand je ne connais pas, je n'ouvre pas la porte.
solid folky songwriting of the era, nothing in particular really hit me though.
Hits are great. Rest requires a deeper listen than I will do.
На одном дыхании послушал. Думаю, что это хорошая характеристика и альбом явно заслужил свою оценку.
Iz super mi nekak prede u cringe
Three stars and a half An all-time classic for many A landmark album for many but I'm not sure I'm totally sold on this one. We can all be grateful that Carole King, a prolific writer for other artists before *Tapestry* came out, took this opportunity to write this album for herself. But would this record have been so praised or heavily promoted at the time if someone else, unknown to the "business", had released it instead ? Some sneaking suspicion in me says no. It's not that this album is lacking in terms of highlights, tough. "It's Too Late" (and its groovy guitar riff), "You've Got A Friend", "Beautiful" and the title track are killer songs, craftily arranged and recorded. The stereo effects on this album are well tought-out, for instance, like that glockenspiel chiming on the chorus of "It's Too Late", probably one of the first use of the instrument in the rock and pop idiom. And it's also quite moving to hear King performing in a far more subdued manner that old hit she once gave to Aretha Franklin, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". But truth be told, most of the other songs feel just a little too generic 50 years later, with very predictable parts involving linear pop progression that could even border on muzak for today's ears. Admittedly, the line is very thin, and historical contextualization might help you hear those songs with more forgiving ears. Not every listener in 2022 is able to get the "feel" of those sorts of dated canvases. Carole King is an admirable weaver, no doubt about that. It's just that those old works of hers might just look a little quaint overall today. Even if the charm is still there if you pay attention to the details. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: approximately a half so far Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter
Well put together album. It’s stylistically very cohesive.
A sure highlight of 70s pop music. I might come back to this more. Favourites: "So Gar Away", "It's Too Late", "Way Over Yonder"
Agréablement surpris de cette écoute. Une voix intéressante. Un jeu de piano vraiment pas plate. Un bon mix. Vraiment bien comme album. Je ne vais pas courir chez mon disquaire me le procurer, mais si je tombe dessus en vinyle usagé, je vais fort probablement le prendre.
Good songs generally, not really what I'm looking for though.
It's not for me. I get it and respect it though. Just not my era.
Not my type of music
This was painfully difficult for me to listen to. This album created so many hit songs, and she is super talented, but I just really don't like 70s pop / soft rock.
Not bad but not my jam.
Wouldn’t listen to the whole album again. Maybe 2 songs out of the 12 that I somewhat enjoyed.
Part of it hit me, but the rest just felt like it wasn’t there.
Just dull. Perhaps it's because it's been copied so much but it just felt clichéd and dull.
A very well-engineered and produced album. Not so terrible that I had to turn it off, but I never need to hear it again, either.
I love the whole vibe and the keys (especially on 'Smackwater Jack'), not massively my thing though. Recognised a few tracks. Awesome closer.
fuck the 70s. maybe it was all good at the time, but this just sounds like x factor auditions. every song i was trying to work out what the sob story was for that particular contestant. were they touched by an uncle? did they live with the ghost of michael jackson? did they get a ken doll stuck up their arse? there's a good chance all of those 3 scenarios are the connected but you get the drift. does radio 2 still play this kind of shit or have they fully moved on to cater for anyone too old for radio 1?
Another album that made me wonder what they heard to make them include it on this list. Nothing of interest.
doesn´t feel very special to me; not a fan of her voice/way of singing either
Eeeggghh... not a fan. Maybe just not my thing, but it just made me think of cheesy US sitcom themes. Maybe need to read up on CK, but I just didn't see what the big deal was.
*gesto de desaprobación*
no me gusta este genero
Fun happy sound, and even recognized a few of the songs. Kind of ruined it when I heard the title song for gilmore girls, lol. Probably won't listen again or dig into her other work.
Not for me, I do not like her voice or the songs, I do not really care to listen but respectfully will endure. 'It's too late' is a good song but I'd rather someone else sang it.
Tapestry is not my bag baby. Neither are smelly hippies. I would bet my life on it too that the pussy you can’t see in this picture has a lot more fur than the one in the foreground. Wednesday Adams hasn’t aged well at all! The cat unfortunately developed a severe coke habit not long after this shoot and made some terrible life choices. Last reported to have moved in with Alec Baldwin. Missing presumed shot by ‘mistake’
Boring album. I listened to half of it and got bored. Too slow for me, I’m sure it’s a great album it’s just not my style whatsoever.
Gave up on this before the end. I can hear that she can write a song or two, but the piano and voice just went on and on in the same tone and with the same dynamic throughout. And it all sounds so seventies. Guess I’m not really a singer-songwriter kind of person. Even when the band joins in it doesn’t really take the songs somewhere else.
I didn't know winter sprng summer fall was in this album idk that was cool