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Hurriedly put together in the wake of the success of the title song, and containing the follow-up hit "We've Only Just Begun," Close to You is a surprisingly strong album, and not just for those hits. Richard Carpenter's originals "Maybe It's You" and "Crescent Noon" are superb showcases for Karen Carpenter's developing talent, the latter a superbly atmospheric, hauntingly beautiful art song of the kind that Judy Collins was doing well at the time, and gorgeously arranged. There's also a Swingle Singers-style number, "Mr. Guder," showing off their paired vocal talents and more of Richard's arranging talents. Karen's singing on "Reason to Believe" isn't so much somber as it is passionate, as she emphasizes the melancholy component in the song more than most versions. Their version of "Help" lacks the inventiveness of "Ticket to Ride," although it has some pleasing vocal flourishes. The finale, "Another Song," tries hard for a serious rock sound, especially in Karen's animated drumming, but it's her voice that stands out. Released amid the political turmoil of 1970, in the wake of the Cambodian incursion, Kent State, and the conservative backlash against the antiwar forces, there was no way that the rock press or the most politically active listeners were going to appreciate this record, but the fact that it had two huge hit singles and earned a gold record award raised their ire against the Carpenters, a problem that would dog the duo for most of its career. But the public bought, and kept on buying.
Performance CreditsCarpenters Primary Artist
Richard Carpenter Keyboards,Vocals
Hal Blaine Drums
Karen Carpenter Drums,Vocals
Jim Horn Wind,Woodwind
Bob Messenger Bass,Wind,Woodwind
Doug Strawn Keyboards,Wind,Woodwind
Danny Woody Woodhams Bass
Joe Osborn Bass
Technical CreditsRichard Carpenter Arranger,Orchestration
Danny Wilde Composer
Dick Bogert Engineer
Jack Daugherty Producer
Ray Gerhardt Engineer
Paul Williams Composer
Tom Wilkes Art Direction
Mack David Composer
Dick Bogart Engineer
Roger Nichols Composer
Barney Williams Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Close to You based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This woman has the most beautiful voice, it's not like the garbage you hear on the radio today. Her voice is natural and beautiful and she is probably the best singer to ever have come along. She had it all, it's a shame.
This is the finest light rock album of the 70's. Karen's voice is beauty and her talent is unreal. She died because she is human and lives because we love her. So much pleasure from such a lonely woman.