Post by Rick Henry on Sept 12, 2005 9:23:19 GMT -5
There are two things I enjoy most about this song.
First I just love Karen's backing harmony vocals to Richard's lead vocal. When Karen sings "stand in line try to climb..." it just really livens the song up. Even singing back-up vocals her voice just shines.
I also love Karen's marching band drum solo and catchy drumwork throughout the song.
This is not your typical Carpenters song but it sure is a zesty fun tune. Certainly a gem in their collection of wonderful music.
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Post by YesterdayOnceMore on Sept 13, 2005 20:42:42 GMT -5
This one gets a 4 from me as well - I love this catchy little number. Remember when I first heard it - I was captivated by the fact that Rich was doing the lead vocals, and I love the story in the song. So "of the time" if you will. Also, the drum cadence used throughout the song as well as at the end, where they actually panned from one speaker through to the other I thought was a very clever thing to do - just as you would hear the parade march by - so did Karen's drum cadence. It's pretty cool stuff, and I enjoy listening to this one yet today everytime I hear it.
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Post by Prisoner_Walking on Feb 17, 2006 14:42:45 GMT -5
I agree with Rick re Karen's backing - how many other singers can you think of who have the ability to command your ear with the beauty of their backing vocals? Rich's vocal isn't bad, but I don't tend to listen to this track often...it doesn't do alot for me. I think it was partly included to showcase Karen's drumming. 3 stars.
Oh yes... this song is one I like very much! The anti-establishment theme is almost sardonically introduced and the circus barker was something I might have expected more from Frank Zappa than Richard Carpenter. Obviously not a particularly fair comparison but so interesting that he would mix such a disillusioned lyric with such an uptempo beat. It's almost as if the circus audience is being conned.
I also like Karen's drumming and the way it's phased toward the end. Very sixties...