Gave I Need to be in Love 4 stars. My favorite part is the very beginning with the harp and flute or clarinet start. The harp is a wonderful instrument and altogether gives the whole song the feel of romance or some type of magical "stardust". It's not one of my favorites, but the whole song I think must have expressed Karen's real feelings. she may have felt some pressure, if not just a longing to be in love. I just have the thought each time I hear it, that why should anyone feel they HaVe to be in love. But she really wanted a good husband and etc. and probably felt her time clock running out.
Post by Rick Henry on Jun 21, 2006 11:34:31 GMT -5
For some reason I never cared for this song. Maybe it was just a bit too much. Although, The song is absolutely lovely. Richard's arrangement is excellent, he really put his heart into this one. Karen sang this one okay. But, it just does not capture my interest.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2006 2:26:59 GMT -5 by Rick Henry
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WOW remember when I 1st heard it & at the same time the Single entered our UK Charts at 36 tho in our local tabloid charts it was new at 29....Screamed the place down...neighbours complained at the noise...police called...same ole thing really...5 XXXXX The LPs intro is xcellent...Fab
Post by Prisoner_Walking on Aug 14, 2006 9:00:32 GMT -5
Classic Carpenters! I feel that 'Need To Be In Love' is definitely the strongest song on the album and the verse melody is particularly skillfully written. I love the phrase "the price I've paid is high enough for me".
I will say though, that this is the first time I noticed Karen's voice sounding different. Although still utterly beautiful, her voice by this time had lost it's darker, more bitter edge. Whether this was a conscious move on Karen's part remains to be seen although I do remember reading an interview with Karen & Rich from around 1976 in which Karen admitted she'd deliberately 'refined' her sound because she sang 'too loud' on their other albums. I'd be interested to know what other people thought about this in another post. Anyway, I hate to use the term 'weaker' for such an amazing voice - but you know what I mean, I just think Karen's voice wasn't quite the same from "A Kind Of Hush" onwards.