Carpenters, Passage (1977)
Of all the Carpenters albums (and I’m aiming to collect the set) I was most surprised by this one – a recent addition, one I hadn’t heard all the way through until just very recently. A strange, strange album – and I love it. It’s a very weird record; exhaustion from all that touring and all those hit singles must have been creeping in. This is where they go off-book big-time. Strange cover versions, though that sorta paid off with the very odd but bonkers-brilliant Calling Occupants right? They sorta ditch the middle of the road here to go for weird spots – prog rock (kinda) and then big show tunes (Don’ Cry For Me Argentina, anyone?) Karen doesn’t play any drums here. Richard does none of the writing. The famous Carpenters logo is nowhere to be found. It’s a new look, new feels. And it doesn’t really work. But it’s kinda risky and strange and weirdly wonderful. God I love this band.
Sample Track: B’Wana She No Home
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