Post by Rick Henry on Sept 12, 2005 21:32:13 GMT -5
I also gave this one five stars. It's one of my three favorites songs on the album. This beautiful song was a hint of the sound which would soon become a trademark of the Carpenters with hits like "Close To You" and so forth. Karen sings this song perfectly in pitch on key and 100% in her natural range. Outstanding this is a longtime favorite of mine.
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All Of My Life is definitely a #5 - the best. Richard had the Carpenter sound pretty much nailed starting with this song. Karen was only 18 or 19 when she recorded it and had already hit her maturity as a singer. When God passed out talent, he couldn't stop blessing Karen with THE voice.
Post by GoodOldDreams on Nov 11, 2005 13:01:31 GMT -5
Four stars. (I reserve five stars for the WOW and close-to-WOW songs.)
I have always enjoyed the moody bass guitar passage in this song, and is amazed to find out from Rick that it was Karen herself who played this instrument! I have new appreciation for K's talents --- besides her singing, drumming and even glockenspiel playing!
Post by Prisoner_Walking on Feb 17, 2006 15:32:49 GMT -5
For me, this is the only song on "Offering" which could have possibly come from a later album (either "Close To You" or "Carpenters") if you weren't sure of it's era. Karen's vocal: sterling as usual. She sounds more comfortable with this, as opposed to the more challenging vocal on "Someday". I've enjoyed this song more since seeing it in the context of "The Karen Carpenter Story" - I know it was a fictionalized moment, but that scene in the studio just highlights what a unique talent Karen was in comparison to other vocalists. 4 stars. L
Post by YesterdayOnceMore on Oct 6, 2006 11:11:19 GMT -5
5 GREAT BIG stars.
Leo, I'm with you on watching the Karen Carpenter Story and seeing this song done in the context of "where they were" as they initially recorded it - in the garage at Joe Osborne's home. In the movie, in that "fictionalized moment" Karen went from her high, not so strong voice to this low, crystal clear, beautiful "basement" voice, and the whole tone of the song - the entire timbre of the music changed, and seemingly, at least at that point in the movie, the "Carpenters" sound was created insofar as Karen's vocal range was concerned.
She nailed the vocals on this song. Karen could sing these types of power ballads so well. It's so incredibly dark..."I just want someone that I can call my own - to come to my side when I am all alone...." but it's also hopeful. Richard knew how to arrange a song to showcase Karen's unique voice, and he never failed to do just that. All of my Life is a highly underrated song in my opinion, for the value it brings to the table. Tim
"....all my best memories come back clearly to me, some can even make me cry...just like before, it's Yesterday Once More...."