A Kind of Hush

A Kind of Hush

by CarpentersCarpenters


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The formula behind the Carpenters' albums was starting to get fairly routine -- a hit single and an oldie or two (which sometimes was the single) surrounded by some well-produced soft pop
ock, driven by electric piano, strings, and a guitar solo or two cropping up. "There's a Kind of a Hush" and "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" are the two most memorable tracks on this pleasant, well-sung, and well-played, but basically bland, album, A Kind of Hush. There are virtues here -- "You" has a good guitar solo by Tony Peluso, and the vocals on "Sandy" are radiant, but this record was where the real rot began to set into the Carpenters' fortunes, in terms of remaining connected to rock. Instead of covering Leon Russell's or Carole King's contemporary material, they're doing songs like "Can't Smile Without You" -- the latter is very sweetly sung by Karen Carpenter, and gets a lyrical but spare arrangement from Richard Carpenter, but they needed something more credible to the under-30 audience (and especially material that, if not attractive to guys in that age range, at least wouldn't make them self-conscious about listening to it with their girlfriends) on this album, and it wasn't here. If you close your eyes, it's possible to imagine Captain & Tennille, not to mention Debby Boone, taking lessons from this release, although Karen's voice was still beyond comparison with any of them.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/08/1998
Label: A&M
UPC: 0082839319720
catalogNumber: 393197

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carpenters   Primary Artist
Tom Scott   Clarinet,Flute
Richard Carpenter   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes
Jim Gordon   Drums
Karen Carpenter   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes
Earl Dumler   English Horn,Oboe
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Bob Messenger   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Cubby O'Brien   Drums
Tony Peluso   Guitar
David Shostac   Flute
Doug Strawn   Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Gayle Levant   Harp
Wes Jacobs   Tuba
Joe Osborn   Bass

Technical Credits

Richard Carpenter   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Ray Gerhardt   Engineer
Bob Messenger   Contributor
Mike Stoller   Composer
Roland Young   Art Direction
J. Scarkino & Co.   Album Concept

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A Kind of Hush 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'I need to be in love' is my favorite.the Carpenters,they are the best always.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Carpenters ''A Kind of Hush'' album it is awesome,especially the title track, and the ballad ''I Need to be in Love''. If you want to add another album to your collection, this will be worth it.