Loving THEM all
Bradley Jacobson | 06/26/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've had this CD for awhile but have been waiting to comment on it for a few reasons, mainly I was hoping I would end up liking it the more I hear it. Luckily, for me, it has grown on me quite a bit, so here we are to talk about Carly's toe dip into the new wave circa 1980.
Everyone who was everyone was making a pseudo new wave album in the early 80s; Billy Joel had Glass Houses, Linda Ronstadt had Mad Love and Carly had Come Upstairs. They all scored top ten hits with both the singles and the albums released; Carly found her way back to the charts after a lenghty absence with "Jesse" pulled from this album which was always one of my favorite songs from when I was a wee tyke.
The album opens with the title cut, a guitar riffing keyboard laden song which has Carly at her usual sexual shenanigans not really wanting to be with the guy but figuring what the hell, she'll give him some fire and she'll give him some wood; that is probably my favorite part of the song.
There's a strange little foray into the new wave with "Them" - I get the impression she is singing about men but you can't be sure, we just know she doesn't know what to about them and hopes to get help from the people she's singing to. I thought it was totally ridiculous but as is usually the case, it's now one of my favorite tracks on the album. I
n fact, that seems to be my whole Carly thing, I'll get an album full of high expectations only to be intially let down and then have it turn around and bite me on the tuchus a few weeks later.
Perhaps she's not everyone's cup of tea, but the more I hear Carly's idosyncracies the more I fall in love with her. Perhaps she'll read this and invite me to Martha's Vineyard for the summer. Or get me a job working with her family at Simon & Shuster... or maybe she'll just sick "Them" on me.
M. miller | michigan | 06/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love Carly Simon. I needed to replace the cassette so I got this. I like the range of voice she has."