No song epitomizes Karen's unique talent than Superstar. This song displays the full range of her incredible voice from the very low register to the higher octives of her husky alto mixed with the pixy dust of an angel. It is brilliant in every way and deserves to be in the pantheon of very best of the Carpenters.
Well done. Beautiful song. What makes it more amazing was that at first, Karen didn't like this song at all...but grew to love it. I also feel that this sung sucks me in, in that, I listen to the lyrical content and feel then, that Karen is convincingly conveying correctly her character's needing her rock musician back in her life...again...such a wonderful lamentable song.
Post by Prisoner_Walking on Feb 20, 2006 14:30:55 GMT -5
I don't think I could ever tire of this utterly magical recording.
The air of haunting mystique that surrounds this record is only hightened knowing that this was Karen's first take; reading the lyrics handwritten on a napkin, she gave her most emotionally charged and poignant performance to date, and one of the most outstanding of her career. How amazing: the resonance in her voice on words such as "guitar" and "radio"; the crispness of her double tracked chorus "baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby....."; that trademark pronounciation of "I love yeeeeew". "Superstar" - an exercise class in musical arranging: those lone tom fills; those bass guitar slides; the horn riffs - THE most classic Carpenters hooks ever recorded. I love it - I love it!