Post by Rick Henry on Jun 17, 2006 23:30:30 GMT -5
I love this song and was tempted to give it five stars. I love Bob Messenger's sax solo. Tony Peluso's guitar work is slick. Wes Jacob adds a nice twist with the tuba. Joe Osborn keeps the rhythm jiving with some hot bass licks. Cubby O'Brien's drums are fantastic with a slight hint at jazz progressions. Karen does a nice job singing this one quite understated but very effective.
Many fans dislike this song. Which is fine - as we all have different tastes. I've heard some people erroneously categorize this as a "children's" song - the song is more in the line of 1920's vaudevillian jazz. I like this song in particular as I love the jazz sounds of the 20's, 30's and 40's. This song is right from that era. Rudy Vallee is one of my favorites and "Goofus" falls somewhere in that genre. The Carpenters do a great job combining the stylings of an era gone by with the modern day sounds and technology of the 70's. This is one of the Carpenters' greatest gifts; the ability to meld genres and eras of music and make it all work to perfection. To sum it up "Goofus" is quite a creative little number.
Last Edit: Jun 27, 2006 9:45:36 GMT -5 by Rick Henry
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Post by Prisoner_Walking on Aug 14, 2006 8:27:58 GMT -5
Without a doubt: not a wise choice for single. WHAT WAS RICHARD THINKING? No, but I'm actually quite fond of this funky little number! Karen's vocal is crisp and clean, the arrangment is tight and at least it stands out on the album. 3 stars.
A fun song that shows Karen's breath control. A lot of words between a breath, at times. Great harmonies! I don't understand why it was chosen as a single, but that is just me. I don't know if they performed it in concert, but this seems like a song that Karen's comedic personality could have really shown.