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Album Review

On her second follow-up to Tapestry and third new album in less than two years, Carole King turned entirely to new compositions, most of them co-written with Toni Stern, rather than relying partly on songs from her back catalog. The result was a thinner collection than Tapestry or Music, although the album still went to number two and featured the Top 25 hit "Been to Canaan," as well as the warm love song "The First Day in August."

Customer Reviews

Lyrically- The Best of Her Collection!

Introspective and addicting to the ear, this album will cause you to ponder, wander and reflect on what the singer/songwriter is painting for you in some of the most effective use of pop lyrics written in the 70's. "Music Critics" seem to believe "Tapestry" is Carole at her creative best, but many musicians, particularly songwriters, gravitate more towards the Rhymes and Reasons of this album for their fix of 70's folk/rock pop. This is what 70's songwriting and storytelling is all about. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine, a loaf of bread and some friends.


Carole King is one of the all-time great singer/songwriters and this album has an especially mellow feel... Been to Canaan, Bitter with the Sweet, and I Think I Can Hear You are deeply spiritual songs, performed sweetly...

My favorite album

I love this album so much. It's my favorite of all time.


Born: February 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While the landmark Tapestry album earned her superstar status, singer/songwriter Carole King had already firmly established herself as one of pop music's most gifted and successful composers, with work recorded by everyone from the Beatles to Aretha Franklin. Born Carole Klein on February 9, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, she began playing piano at the age of four, and formed her first band, the vocal quartet the Co-Sines, while in high school. A devotee of the composing team of Jerry Lieber and Mike...
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