???Another 5 star one from me. Many others have recorded this one, but OF CouRSe ...love the C's version the best. And even though, the lyrics and message is about breaking up, this song is unique cuz it's actually a fun song and clearly the fun can be heard by Karen and the others in the background as it's sung.
I actually like this somewhat lightweight upbeat pop tune. The music and vocals flow smoothly to create an atmosphere of "fun". It really does sound like they had a good time recording this one. I really like all the percussion sounds and again Tony Peluso's guitar work. Right from the very first, "come-uh, come-uh, down doobie doo down down" I'm singing along with this one. I remember thinking in 1976 that this would have made a good single.
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Post by Prisoner_Walking on Aug 14, 2006 10:12:54 GMT -5
Some people think that this song is just ok, others downright dislike it (have you read the John Tobler review in the Complete Guide To The Carpenters book?).
I am with Rick though - I actually really like this recording and strangely more so in recent years. I think the backing vocals in particular are arranged and mixed so brilliantly...and I have always been a huge fan of Karen's 'clipped' vocal leads.
'Breaking Up' is, for me anyway, a spark of fun which harks back to the Carpenters early years. "A Kind Of Hush" has more recently been described by Rich as 'a bit draggy in places' and marks the beginning of their commercial decline...and yes it's a bit of fluff, but I think 'Breaking Up' adds just a little dash of something needed at the end of this fairly pedestrian-paced album. Definitely a stronger contender for single than "Goofus" anyway! 5 Stars!
I really think this was a major waste of time for the Carpenters. There are very few songs that I don't like (or love) of the Carpenters, but this is one of them. I didn't like the original either, but I did like the slower, jazzier version Sedaka did later.
Post by wisejester7 on Aug 26, 2006 9:13:20 GMT -5
I rather enjoy the Carpenters version of 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do'. They kept the song light and bouncy...carefree sounding. At the end, when you hear all the fun it sounds like they were having, I sure wish I could have been there right along with them.
Even though the C's had their hard time with Sedaka that didn't stop them from recording this. I like that about K and R.