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It's a messy album
on 18 May 2013
This could have been a much better album if it was thought through better, and better choices were made. Why on earth the lovely ballad 'You're the one' was left off is beyond me. Also if all the traditional Carpenters style songs were put on one side of the then LP and then newer stuff put together on the other then maybe it would have flowed better. The album opens with a song that they really shouldn't have touched, 'B'wanna she no home', it's really not that interesting!
'All you get from a love song' is a great arrangement by Richard, and when compared to the dreadful version I have by it's composer, Steve Eaton, I have more respect for the Carpenters version, although it really wasn't a single release for the UK market. 'I just fall in love again' would have been a better choice of single, but it does sound like Karen is not really putting her all into the song. Just listen to Anne Murray's far superior version.
What on earth they were thinking when recording the cod-opera intro to 'Don't cry for me Argentina' is beyond me. The actual song is well sung by Karen, but again the wrong choice of material for the Carpenters. From here we get 2 great songs, and maybe a taster of what they might have been recording if their career went further on into the 1980's.'Sweet, sweet smile' is brilliant and 'Two sides' is lovely. Oh well, that was short lived.............
'Man smart, woman smarter'............what were they thinking! And even though 'Calling Occupants' was a hit in the UK, it's not really a Carpenters song, and their arrangement is identical to the Klaatu original. Just to put Richard right here as well, which he should have known better as he was a Klaatu and Sci-fi fan, there was a world contact day, it was the 15th March 1953, and the lyrics of the song are based on the message sent, hence 'the recognised anthem of world contact day' part.
It's really an album of 'hits' and miss's'