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Carole King’s evolution from Brill Building tunesmith to singer/songwriter is captured on Writer, the album she released prior to her breakthrough work Tapestry. Writer can be appreciated as an honest, often fascinating portrait of an artist moving beyond commercial constraints into something more personal. King reconsiders such familiar collaborations with ex-husband Gerry Goffin as “Goin’ Back,” “No Easy Way Down” and “Up On the Roof” with a new poignancy and grace. A number of tunes — particularly the tender “Child of Mine” and the warmly playful “What Have You Got to Lose” — anticipate the intimacy of Tapestry. Such neglected Goffin/King gems as “Eventually”(a mature reflection upon the ‘60s) and “Spaceship Races” (a surprisingly rocking love song) compare favorably to the better-known material. King’s crisp, emotive piano playing is bolstered by Danny Kortchmar’s versatile guitar work throughout the album. Writer is one of the most varied and revelatory releases in King's storied catalog.

Customer Reviews

An Overlooked Gem

As the lead to the iTunes review so clearly states, Carole King's first solo album is easily the most underrated recording of her long career. You can clearly hear the traces of her development to "Tapestry" a year later, and yet I think some of the songs on "Writer" are even better. The standout for me is "Eventually," which continues to have incredible social relevance 36 years after it was recorded. But that's not to say the other songs are any less worthy of being singled out. Interestingly, with James Taylor having made "Up On The Roof" a staple of his live shows over the years (and I'm a big James fan as well), I have to say that I like Carole's recording of the song much much more. If you've never had a chance to buy this on vinyl or CD, I highly recommend you download it now. Talk about value for the money...this has it in spades.

A must have!

I first bought "Tapestry" when it debuted and fell in love with Carole King´s voice and mood her music created for me. I was 15. Wanting more, I could not resist buying ¨Writer¨ when I found it in my neighborhood record store. I have many of Carole´s albums and they are all special to me, but there is something about Writer that makes it my favorite. I remember listening to ¨Child of Mine¨ at 16, at 34, video taping my son playing with toys as the song plays in the background. "Up On the Roof" evokes a feeling of peace when the day has been rough. "Eventually" moves me with the phrases "when assassins just happened to do the right people in" along with "and love was a slogan, coincidently" so capture the turmoil of the 1960's. Thanks Carole for writing the soundtrack of my youth.


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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