Saturday, January 28, 2006

You Can't Talk To A Man With A Shotgun In His Hand

Carole King – Tapestry

Yeah not my normal style that's for sure, but it's one of the 1001 Albums You Must Listen to Before You Die (more on that later) and my Mum used to play it when I was a kid and I remember it quite fondly. Plus it was six bucks from Cash Converters.

Released in 1971, this is a very stripped back, mellow album, produced in a manner that shows off King's considerable songwriting talent. She sings accompanied by simple clean piano and acoustic guitar with little embellishment, in true sixties singer-songwriter style. If you don't recognize her name you're still likely to recognize the songs. 'So Far Away' and 'I Feel The Earth Move' are the most recognizable, along with '(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman', originally written for Aretha Franklin.

I really rate this album even besides the nostalgia factor. I'm not normally one for straight up pop (even in the original definition of the term), but King is a good lyricist and a great songwriter, so only the most die hard noise head could sneer at this album.

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