I have to say that there aren't too many songs that I was crazy about with Richard singing, especially "Druscilla Penny" which I do NOT like, but this one was one of my favorites by him. I think he does a good job. I never really liked any other songs he sang until his "Time" album came out.
I hedged between three and four stars for this one. But in the end I gave it four. This is certainly my favorite Richard song from the Carpenters days. Probably my favorite of all his lead vocals is from his "Time" album "Say Yeah".
Anyway back to "I Kept On Loving You". I love the catchy and peppy melody and it moves along quite well. I feel had this been an a-side single it could have possibly made the top 20 - not #1 but certainly top 20.
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::)Gave this 3 stars...mainly because Richard is the main singer and compared to other songs where he leads, it's the best i think. He and Karen have tremendous harmony on all their songs, his main thing was composing and playing piano, not being the lead singer. Anyway, R. does a most excellent job with it. I really love the clapping and rhythm of it.
Post by YesterdayOnceMore on Oct 13, 2005 16:33:37 GMT -5
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I gave this one 4 stars. I like the way it begins with just guitar and vocal, and then the grand entrance with the drums, going from tiny tom to floor tom. What a great way to get into the song.
Richard's vocals are really good on this song, in my opinion. He really has a good, strong voice, I believe. I have always enjoyed listening to Richard sing a solo - especially if the song didn't lend itself to intensitying his lisp. This one didn't, I don't think. I think he sings it well, but the one thing I don't like about it is the pronunciation of "cry." They both tend to pronounce it like "criah" instead of "cry." I think that could have been done without the southern accent!
Overall, the song is a great little diddy, and Richard sings it well. Tim ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by Prisoner_Walking on Feb 19, 2006 14:14:36 GMT -5
Even aside from Rich's above average lead vocal (I think we all agree it's one of his best), I still think this song is a highlight on the "Close To You Album". a) It's another great Williams/Nichols tune - instantly breezy and likeable (sometimes the strength of the material shines through no matter who's singing it); and b) it's different ("Kept On Lovin You" is one of the few guitar-based Carpenters tracks...something I would like to have heard Rich experiment with a bit more, especially later on when they started going with the lush show-song-type sound!). 4 Stars. L
What has just stood out is how well this number is orchastrated (no surprise there.) I was listening to "Close To You" C.D. while walking someplace and as this song came up there was an unusually noisy interfering sequence of interfering events- yet for the first time (on about the 20th listen), amidst all the sounds and activities around me, I noticed sound patterns and instruments for the first time- a tribute, I think, to the intricacy of the arrangement. It was different and refreshing to hear Richard be the vocalist- nice once in a while- but wisely, it wasn't done too much.