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Album Review

After the debacle that was Spoiled Girl, Carly Simon moved to her fourth record label, Arista, and returned to soundtrack work, which had given her her second biggest hit, "Nobody Does It Better," afrom The Spy Who Loved Me, in 1977. This time, she wrote "Coming Around Again" for Heartburn, and it hit #18 in early 1987, her biggest hit in more than six years. That set up Simon's comeback with this album, which became her biggest hit in a decade, producing two more chart singles, "Give Me All Night" (#61) and "All I Want Is You" (#54), and going platinum. Along with "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of," all made the Top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart. On the surface, this hit album had a lot in common with her last, failed effort. Once again, a bevy of producers—nine this time—weighed in, in an attempt to vary Simon's appeal. This time, they included rocker Bryan Adams and lush popmeister Richard Perry. The big difference was that Simon was willing to go to her strengths as a ballad singer rather than romping amid synthesized blips. Better to flirt with retro (there's a nice cover of "As Time Goes By" with a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder) than disco, at least as far as Simon's audience is concerned.

Customer Reviews

Still great!

I love Carly Simon and her music. I remember getting this album (as an LP) when I was a freshman in college. I loved it then, and I still do. All of the songs on it are really great. Since then, though, I have gotten it on CD and played it quite a bit. Carly is still an amazing talent.

Coming Around Again

You must listen to this whole album. She really made a strong one after a couple of bad ones in the 80's. One of my favorites from her.

Her BEST Since "You're So Vain" and "Nobody Does It Better"

"Coming Around Again" is a strong CD, full of great individual tracks. No wonder it cracked the Billboard charts for Carly back in 1987, her first in almost a decade! Listening to Carly thru the years, I actually think she grew as a singer and got better and better as time went by. I had trouble with her phrasing and enunciation sometimes on her '70s stuff. Of course back then her hits just kept coming, but you had trouble with her enunciation with words. Try listening to "You're So Vain" without a lyric sheet and you can tell she sometimes had trouble enunciating words properly. By the '80s, her enunciation got so much better. "Coming Around Again" is just a great CD from start to finish. Carly even tackles the standard "As Time Goes By", probably signaling her interest in singing the standards that she would record years later, starting with "My Romance", another great CD. Carly just got better as the years went by.

Biography

Born: June 25, 1945 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

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

Carly Simon was one of the most popular of the confessional singer/songwriters who emerged in the early '70s. The youngest child in an upper-class New York family (her father, Richard Simon, co-founded the Simon & Schuster publishing company), Simon got her start in music as part of a duo with her sister Lucy (who later wrote the music for the Broadway show The Secret Garden). The Simon Sisters had a chart single with "Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod" in April 1964. But Simon's solo debut did not come until...
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