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Close To You

Carpenters

1970

Close To You

Album Summary

Close to You is the second studio album by American duo The Carpenters, released on August 19, 1970. In 2003, the album was ranked number 175 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. The album contains the hit singles "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun". The former was the duo's song that gained the Carpenters an international reputation for a decade. The album topped the Canadian Albums Chart and peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard albums chart. It was also successful in the United Kingdom, entering the top 50 of the official chart for 76 weeks during the first half of the 1970s. The album and its singles earned Carpenters eight Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year. It won the Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus for the single "(They Long to Be) Close to You".

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Rating

3.11

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5371

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
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Wed Mar 24 2021
1

“Close to You” by The Carpenters (1970) I’m embarrassed to say how familiar I am with this album. For most of my adult life these delicacies topped the grocery list of songs ‘most likely to make me change the station’. With starchy and otherwise unremarkable instrumentals, lyrics and melodies mostly snatched off the plates of others, and a compulsion to sample everything on the arranging buffet, these siblings offer high calorie fare for mass indulgence. Karen’s voice, a syrupy contralto, is spiced with touching croaks. Richard’s easy-to-imitate keyboards and backing vocals are like gravy on quaaludes. The opening track, “We’ve Only Just Begun”, is sugar-coated sugar, played at way too many weddings while bride and groom stuffed into each other’s mouths all that cake with extra frosting. The message is so unrealistically idealistic that many marriage veterans must have felt the urge to purge. The other super-hit from this high carb collection is the title track, “Close to You”, which should be banned for metaphor abuse. The rest is ear candy at best, if not intravenous sonic glucose. This is an album that, unfortunately, will stay with us forever, like middle age paunch. 1/5

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Mon Apr 04 2022
1

Nope, they should have stuck to carpentry.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
1

Sickly sweet twee bullshit. This album lasts 2340 seconds and for ever single one of those seconds I wanted to switch this off. Devoid of any redeeming qualities. Wank.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

An absolute masterpiece of an album. Every track on the record is laced with intricate instrumentation and lovely vocal harmonies, and to top it all off, you get Karen Carpenters stunning voice. Fantastic stuff👌🏽

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

I absolutely love Carpenters, esp. Karen Carpenter whose vocals are hauntingly beautiful, but have to say I have never listened to a full album. 'Close to You' is a beautiful record, with the title track and 'We've Only Just Begun' as highlights. Of course it wouldn't be a Carpenters album without a Beatles cover ('Help') and some slower ballads to pad out the tracklist. 'Crescent Moon' and 'Another Song' were intriguing additions; especially the latter with its movement from pop to jazz in one song. If I wasn't such a big Carpenters fan I'd probably give this a 3, but as I love them so much and as the title track is just so stunningly gorgeous, it's gotta be a 4 from me.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

It's hard not to love the Carpenters. Karen has a gorgeous voice, and their songs just have such a beautifully wholesome and melodic quality to them. Some of the duo's biggest hits, 'We've Only Just Begun' and 'Close to You' are here, but every track is worth listening. Their cover of The Beatles' 'Help' is inspired, and I've always been a fan of their somewhat less popular but still fairly well-known track "I'll Never Fall in Love Again".

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Warm, elegant, jaunty and sophisticated pop. Beautiful.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
2

Best carpenters since Jesus

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Great! Mostly the songs are very sweet, but also interesting. What struck me most was the drums and percussions and the use of weird instruments like flutes.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

Oh man I loved this album, such beautiful chords and harmonies.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Just beautiful music and lyrics with perfect harmony, no biggie.

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Sat May 22 2021
5

The Carpenters is always a good one. It was nice to have an album I like on my birthday. ;)

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Sat Apr 17 2021
5

Saved Prior: None Not Saved: 12. Help (Hard to outdo the Beatles) 11. Crescent Noon 10. Baby It's You Cutting Edge: 9. (They Long To Be) Close To You (Crazy that this was their huge hit. I'm sure it'll grow on me) Off Rip: 8. Reason To Believe 7. I'll Never Fall In Love Again 6. Another Song 5. Maybe It's You 4. Mr. Guder 3. I Kept On Loving You 2. We've Only Just Begun 1. Love Is Surrender Overall Notes: This album made me go :). Happy music. Can't wait to take some summer drives to this.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Sarah’s Mum’s favourite album 🤗🥰

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Mon May 03 2021
5

3 songs added to playlists

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

Karen's voice & vocal range is amazing! Richard's musical skills are legendary! What a wonderful album!

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Fri May 21 2021
5

It was memory lane

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

This is the beginning of superstardom for the Carpenters. Their mix of pop, soft rock and folk with some sweet harmonies is undeniable here. That being said, is this the best Carpenters album? Probably not. Will I constantly come back to this one? Also probably not. However, the influence of the Carpenters can be heard throughout the rest of the 70s and Karen Carpenter is a badass. Her story is a roller coaster if you’re ever interested. Favorite song: Help (good Beatles cover) Least favorite song: Mr. Guder

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Was really surprised by this one, ended up liking it a lot more than I thought. While not a fan of the sort of soft rock of the 70’s that they make, it pretty undeniable the level of talent there, and I honestly say it’s music that is catchy and sticks with you. I think I’d give it a 3.5 Standouts for me were We’ve Only Just Begun, Love Is Surrender, and (They Long To Be) Close To You

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Sat Apr 17 2021
2

No doubting the voice but god it’s so twee and sweet. I can still acknowledge that it contains some very well crafted songs though

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

I can’t do this kind of ethereal saccharine music. It is what it is though, and it’s not inherently bad per se.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
1

Kind of lame my grandma might like it

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Fri Jul 30 2021
1

Absolute shit. Hated every second

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Mon Apr 04 2022
1

During an interview with Time Magazine in 1982, Karen Carpenter revealed she had a major crush on upcoming football prodigy, Nigel Spackman. When asked about the revelation, Spackman is quoted as saying "I'd fuck the shit out of her ass 'til kingdom come, but unfortunately I'm dating my own uncle right now". It remains unknown as to whether the two did eventually fuck the shit out of eachother, but a close source tells us to "get out of my house you lunatics, before I call the police".

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Mon Jul 04 2022
1

Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple all owe royalties to The Carpenters. We were forced to listen to The Carpenters' dribble when AM stations were the only option. They are the main reason that our Christmas and birthday lists were full of requests for The Coop, Sabbath, etc. Karen Carpenter's story is tragic and I sincerely hope that she rests in peace. But the music still sucks.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
1

I don’t understand how this album made the list. It had a few hits but overall I find it to be mediocre sentimental garbage. I found it to be generally boring and that “Help!” cover was particularly awful.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

Que gran disco. Wholesome. Me parece que nunca había apreciado lo conmovedor que suena el hitazo close to you, no tanto por la letra, sino que la instrumentación y la voz están muy chidas. Además de esa, me gustó bastante Mr Guder que contrasta con el resto del disco pues llega sonar algo creepy y el energético final another song, suena como a que un estado de felicidad tranquila y movidita a la vez al final del disco. Mood: el día en el que tú naciste (the angels got together?) nacieron todas las flores

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

Mejor que cualquier disco de Fleetwood Mac cocainómano pop.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Expectedly pleasant.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

Really enjoyed it. Best album this generator has provided thus far. Karen’s vocals are immense 👍🏾 One of them albums where you’ve heard the songs already

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Loved the Beatles cover.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Ша ла ла ла и ОУОУ

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Fav songs: - Maybe It's You - Help - (They Long To Be) Close To You) - Crescent Noon

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

4.5

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

Finally some real stars

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

i mean... it's the carpenters

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

slaps

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Perfect winter album.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

The album is psychedelic pop. It has elements inspired by the Beatles. My favorite tracks are “Help” and “Another song.” It’s very experimental.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Whoa! These harmonies. There's also an interesting balance of these very familiar timbres paired with more challenging songwriting. It's like a really intimate, heavy ballet. Favorite Tracks: Love is Surrender, Mr. Guder, I'll Never Fall in Love Again

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

you can see the flares, and the inserting of the cassette into the beat up car heading on the road trip, and the singing of the school choir and it seeming a bit naff but the songs are great and its jazzier than you think

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

Mom is wrong the Carpenters are good

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Naprawdę mi się podobało. Nie tylko głosy 2 wokalistów fajnie się łączyły, ale wiele piosenek miało niesamowicie chwytliwe melodie. Do tego te skrzypce niekiedy. Spoko albumik, myślę że nawet dam 5, bo choć muzycznie to nie jest rewolucja, to słuchało się bardzo przyjemnie

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

A wonderful record. Beautiful voices and upbeat music make Close To You radiate with joy and optimism of the early 70s. Splendid. Highlight: whole album, really

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

I really enjoy the soft sound, catchy writing, and the combo of the pair's vocals. Plus, Help was a very welcome surprise well executed.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

For some reason I never seem to think "Oh boy, I really want to listen to The Carpenters today," but every time I do they draw me in like no other. The arrangements are just perfect, every texture and layer absolutely decadent. And Karen herself is a magnificent gem, of course. This was simply a delight.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

As the two singles compilations are perfect, I usually do not listen to regular albums of the Carpenters. However, some of these are excellent too, like this one. First half is perfect (5*). Second half has a decent share of 5* moments, but is perhaps a little inconsistent. Overall: 5*.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Trop bon. Une decouverte pour moi aussi fou que ca peut l'être. 5*

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Great album. Loved every song. The vibe of this album was immaculate. I am glad I listened to it.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

5 I just love this album. "Close To You" has been with me for a long time, and always makes me think of my mom, like a lot of other music on this list, but this song beats most. Also "Reason to Believe" caught me off guard. I've listened to Tim Hardins song A LOT especially Karen Daltons and Rod Stewarts version and it hit me so hard the first time I heard it in "Every Picture Tells a Story". Hadn't heard "Help" and "Another Song" before, and they both really positively surprised me. I was scared the whole thing was going to be way too sweet, but you can really feel both their musical presence, and it's so endearing.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

Mellow.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

Burt bacharachs writing and Linda’s voice

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

I LOVED IT SM

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

What can I say other than it’s filled with back to back Smooth Radio classics

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Wonderful album, amazing

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Lush and huge

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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

So, wasn't expecting to mike this as much as I did. Saccharine, maybe, but sort of perfect pop

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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

I thought the carpenters were just this lame band that exclusively played slow, boring love songs, and that Karen wasn’t that good of a singer. I was very wrong

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Thu Dec 22 2022
5

It's such a mellow album. Really like their chill energy

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Sat Jan 07 2023
5

nice

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Sun Jan 08 2023
5

One would think that the sound of the Carpenters would be from meticulous plodding in the studio for perfection. However, this was thrown together to capitilize on the strength of the title tracks release and success as a single. It also happens to be their best album. Sometimes inspiration is more important than perfection and can lead to the second without all the planning.

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Fri Feb 03 2023
5

Fire 🔥🔥🔥🔥 straight heat

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Mon Sep 07 2020
4

Close to You is one of the best love songs. Very pleasant album.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Karen Carpenter's voice is the most comforting, lovely sound. Very fun, very 70s arrangements. I like this.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Soft rock, classic album. Pretty good, enjoyed listening to it.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

This was fun for sure. I liked the vocals and the covers were enjoyable

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Liked it more than I expected. Karen has a great voice

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Album is a little sappy, but killer vocal harmonies and sax.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Este me parece un disco muy apropiado, por sus sonidos, para un locus amoenus. La voz, siempre dulce, de Karen Carpenter le da a algunas canciones un toque casi sublime y la instrumentación acompaña esta impresión. Por ahí se escuchan flautas, aunque el piano, las percusiones pues y las cuerdas, todo se usa creo de forma que se construye este mood. Quizá muy cursi a momentos, pero tiene el rolonononón "(They Long To Be) Close To You", eso sí, el cover de "Help" me parece un poco inane. Las otras favs son ese gran inicio "We've Only Just Begun", muy fastuoso para lo que viene después, y "I'll Never Fall In Love Again". 9/10

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Lovely stuff

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

4/5

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Thoroughly enjoyable Sunday morning listening.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Да это ж почти полностью кавер-альбом, что за подлянка! И это что, каждый раз теперь проверять надо, в каждом ли альбоме исполнитель не поленился хотя бы большинство треков запилить сам? Благо, это были те странные времена, когда кавер-версии затмевали оригиналы и оставались в веках. В случае с Help, конечно, тягаться с оригиналом смысла особо не имело. В шоу "Хованский разрулит" мы слышим именно версию The Beatles. Ну а с заглавным треком фортануло, именно эту версию мы несколько раз слышим в Симпсонах. Несмотря на разброс авторов, в целом альбом чувствуется цельным. Ладно, разве что та же Help! для уха выбивается. Но собственные треки, что есть, интегрированы гладко. Да и звучит всё славно. Как раз тянский вокал сюда давно не завозили.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Интересно. Ну в целом не то чтобы сильно выделяется на фоне поп-музыки того времени (хотя уже 70 год, уже это все на спад шло, и всякие Walker Brothers клитором не командовали), но душевно и кропотливо сделано, видно что с саунд-дизайном работа хорошая проведена. Про Карпентерс я раньше слышал в основном в разрезе того, что Sonic Youth на них надрачивали, и это мне сильно портит восприятие, ибо их творчество теперь воспринимается практически исключительно в разрезе довольно трагичной смерти Карен Карпентер (впрочем, если там в комментах на ютубе посмотреть, то не у меня одного). Вот есть у этих песен какой-то такой привкус, какое-то ощущение, что больной человек переживает нервный срыв, и тебе не следует на это смотреть. Действительно же очень грустные песни по сути, даже в целом мажорная Help битлов звучит как-то зловеще и безнадежно. В общем эмоционально не самый простой альбом, не уверен, что захочу слушать его ещё раз когда-то. Но песни сами по себе хорошие, голос сильный, аранжировки более чем приятные. 8/10

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

This is actually truly fantastic pop. And I'll admit I have a huge soft spot for Karen Carpenter. (By the way, check out videos of her playing drums...amazing!)

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

Close to you and never Fall in Love kennt denk ich jeder Schön arrangiert alles in allem natürlich sehr ruhig

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Nice

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Enjoyed this more than anticipated considering it's an album of love songs, most of which aren't original

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Easy listening

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

more certified bangers on a single album than most musicians have in three lifetimes

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

On one hand this isn't really my preference but it's undeniably great as inoffensive easy-listening and who doesn't know at least some of these songs?

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Nice.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

Good stuff, they have a special place in my heart because my mom was a fan when I was young and would play them sometimes.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

VERY good. I was surprised at how much I liked it. It could get a little schmaltzy, but I didn't really mind. I'm almost tempted to give this a 5. I'd probably give it a 4.5 if I could. It's pretty solid. Karen Carpenter is a great singer, and Richard is an amazing arranger.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Hi: Crescent Moon Lo: Help The Carpenters has such a definitive 70's sound that their music frequently mistaken for commercials and TV theme songs of that era; vocal harmonies, sweeping violins, mellotron, and lazily strummed guitars. It's makes you want to sway and is carefree and peaceful. Radio hits like We've Only Just Begun and Close To You are present and accounted for, but Crescent Moon is deep and brooding, absolutely the standout performance on this album. Unfortunately, the cover of Help, however well executed just feels out of place, and I'm not a fan. There really isn't anything bad here, it's a competent, and fairly well executed album from start to finish.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Beautiful music

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

Such a beautiful voice, such a sad ending. This is Sunday afternoon on the porch and a book.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

I was very much enjoying this album until that awful Help cover came on and then Baby It's you. Close to you is pretty cute of course. Rest of the album was ok

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

VERY good. I was surprised at how much I liked it. It could get a little schmaltzy, but I didn't really mind. I'm almost tempted to give this a 5. I'd probably give it a 4.5 if I could. It's pretty solid. Karen Carpenter is a great singer, and Richard is an amazing arranger.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

I could only remember a couple songs by the Carpenters and they were both well done on this album. As I listened I realized how much of them I had heard over my life and they were really good. I would put this as a solid mellow album, great for easy listening or background music, but certainly not one to rock out to. Maybe not the best for a long boring car drive because it was so mellow, but that is also its strength. I’d listen again.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Liefelijk plaatje met een goeie zangeres

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Mellow 70s pop. - Think Burt Bacharach ... who incidentally, wrote a couple of songs on this album. (They Long to Be) Close to You is great. So is I'll Never Fall in Love Again. On the other hand, the Help - Cover doesn't seem to quite work, and there are one or two songs that are just OK. Still, Karen Carpenter phantastic voice carries this album throughout. I'll give it 3.5/5.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Karen had a beautiful voice, some of the first music I remember

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Hella pleasant. Everything about this album is just soft. Karen’s voice is angelic and the sounds are just so nice and comfortable. A few strange ones within the track list but still a very chill listen. 7/10

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Perfectly composed if not a bit sickly sweet

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

a Lovely collection of songs

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

Some covers. Soft voice. Not great for parties.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Enjoyed it but don’t know if I would seek out. Still gets a 4 because clearly it is good

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Huh. So I assumed I was not going to like this, because the bits of individual Carpenters songs I've heard have done nothing for me. However... I find myself liking this over the full listen. I guess hearing them in the context of the album is a different and better thing. Beginning of We've Only Just Begun - reminds me of Carole King, but then the chorus goes in a brighter direction, which is sorta cheesy, but I don't hate. I prefer the non-chorus portions of the song, but overall I like it. Love is Surrender - just ok, but not bad. I like the organ and background more than the singing in this one. Sorta a Charlie Brown vibe. Maybe It's You - nice melancholy song. Sorta reminds me of Beach Boys - Pet Sounds. I like when the woman sings on her own, more than the vocal harmonies, I think. She has a nice lilt. Reason to Believe - reminds me of a chill country song. It again has a Carole King quality that's sorta nice, but overall this song is just ok. Help - this song is a banger and a surprise. I like it. (They Long to Be) Close To You - everyone's heard this song. It's basically a meme at this point. I did find myself enjoying it more than I expected. The twinkly keys in the background reminded me of something from like Willy Wonka. It's a chill song. It also has lots of just the woman singing (I should find out her name. Karen). Baby It's You - Just ok one. Not much to say. I don't like "sha la la la la oooh" portions in songs though. I'll Never Fall in Love Again - More Carole King vibes. Like, quite a bit. I like this song for that reason. More of just Karen singing, except a few overdubs. Crescent Noon - more of a jazzy number. I like it. Not in the instruments so much, but in the singing. Again, sort of a melancholy, moody song, which is my style. Mr Guder - weird song, which makes me like it. It has the "ba da da da" stuff, but in a weird way and I dig it. I Kept On Loving You - Ken(?)-led song. That's my least favorite part about it, but the rest has that Belle and Sebastian quality I noticed. The instrumentation is quite nice. Another Song - more Carole King feel. I am realizing these guys preceded Carole King in general, so probably I should be saying it the other way around. I like Karen's singing a lot by this point. The instrumentation is really nice on this song too. I like the harpsichord and the drumming, especially. Weird song to end on, and apparently it's the least-listened song on the album, according to Spotify numbers. Overall: I'm realizing that a lot of the background sounds that I'm liking are similarly represented in Belle and Sebastian's happier music. I think without that touchpoint, I might find this more cheesy than I did. Didn't expect to like this, but I did. 4/5

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

Lovely and definitely of its time. Makes me once again feel sad about how Karen Carpenter died.

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