Carpenters, A Kind of Hush (1976)
This is how I know I’ve gone in (real) deep with the music of the Carpenters. They were by no means unimpeachable but between 1969-1974 they were a very safe bet. They knocked out those pop hits. Sugary sweet sometimes, sure. Also all the better for it on many occasions. And though there was some treacle it was an incredible run. One I appreciate more and more with time. But I’m in so deep now that I’m buying whatever I can find – including these post 1975 offerings were it was almost all covers, lots of naff and sugary nonsense. And yet, that voice. Those arrangements. I’m a sucker for it. I know it’s not all must-have. But it’s all become must-own for me. Because as with other favourite acts that I keep returning to (The Beatles, Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead) there’s so much soap-opera and backstory that the music keeps meaning more; I keep finding new magic when reconciled with the backstory.
Sample Track: You
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