Post by wisejester7 on Jul 18, 2006 8:03:48 GMT -5
Offering/Ticket To Ride... for being their first album, you don't hear any stumbles or weaknesses that some other artists have on their 'firsts', the C's music and musicality stands firm and strong from the inception
Post by YesterdayOnceMore on Oct 6, 2006 10:31:17 GMT -5
Truly something to be proud of, in my estimation...for a first album, this one carried a lot of weight. Ticket to Ride was quite a recognizeable tune, considering it hadn't been that long since The Beatles had a hit from it - but to me, that's not the key to the success of this album, albeit "hit" or "sales" didn't really happen until after Close To You and We've Only Just Begun made the Carpenters "known" to the pop world.
There are songs on this album that are incredibly intricate and so well done - Nowdays Clancy Can't Even Sing, is one example. There are not many pop groups who would have even attempted such a complicated jazz influenced tune with all of the nuances that Karen and Richard used in it. They did an absolutely fabulous job on this tune.
Then there are tunes like Eve (what an outstanding song, and between Karen's gorgeous vocals and Richard's incredibly tight, harmonic arrangement...well, it's a true gem in the collection of songs. Then, of course we have the haunting "Someday" and the beautiful, urgent sounding "All Of My Life."
Your Wonderful Parade is such a time-capsule type song - the lyrics are so just right for the decade, and it's played and sung so well. And, again - how many groups would tackle something like All I Can Do in 5/4 time? Dave Bruebeck maybe, but not many "pop" artists of the time. Problem is, with this album, Carpenters were way "ahead" of their time.
And, so incredibly talented - each. Tim
"....all my best memories come back clearly to me, some can even make me cry...just like before, it's Yesterday Once More...."