Karen's vocal is definitely the focal point on this song. I also love the way she sings "Many, many, many nights go by". The musicianship is also excellent. I have often considered this to be one of the early "dark" Carpenters songs.
I would have given it a 5-star rating. But the only thing holding the song back is Richard's back-up vocals I just do not care for his voice in this song.
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???Gave this 4 stars. Took my thoughts about it right from me Rick and Beaner...on my fave part is the power-filled "many many many nights...." and "they say you never never never been true".... Karen truly puts all her emotion into it. The sax is superb also. I like the way it starts out kind of slow and low and quickly Karen comes out bold. also makes me think of the ocean waves too...like the tide goes in and out...
I also gave it 4 stars and have felt as the rest of you Karen's vocals are the feature of this gem. She is just ever so subtle and delicate when she sings this story to us about the many nights that have gone by, alone thinking about the one she loves. She really conveys the emotions of someone in love to a tee. I also feel that Richards vocals see a bit stark and obtrusive in contrast to Karen's reading. I don't like to criticize Richards work but I think the song would have been better if he had attempted to mirror Karen's more closely with a softer tone. The Sax solo is outstanding and the backing vocals are sublime, especially the ending. Wa shalalala wooooo. So Carpenters.
Post by Prisoner_Walking on Feb 18, 2006 10:22:12 GMT -5
I much prefer this song to "Maybe It's You", although I always consider them as "twin" songs (maybe because they both have very similar titles on the same album). The arrangement is more interesting here and Karen's vocal has that younger, edgier feel. Love that barbershop-type "wah-sha-la-la-la-laaaa" ending! 4 stars. L