Kenji N. from WALNUT CREEK, CA Reviewed on 5/5/2007...
CD is in perfect playing condition; front/back inserts are a bit wavy (like they were wet at one time).
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Bold and mature takes on life as an adult
John Jones | Chicago IL | 05/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""I've been doing a lot of thinking/about growing older and moving on..." So sings Carly Simon on "Life is Eternal," a track from her 1990 release, "Have You Seen Me Lately?" Had this song been first on the record, it would have provided an accurate preview of what was to come: on this record Carly concentrates on life issues just as much as she ponderes matters of the heart. Age and growing older is a common theme, and proves to give Carly plenty of elbow room for her always mature and thoughtful writing.The aformentioned "Life is Eternal" proclaims "Life is eternal, love is immortal, and death is only a horizon," giving a bright ray of hope to the fact that we have no idea what lies ahead on the other side, next life, or wherever your own personal beliefs leave you. The bittersweet "Happy Birthday" focuses on the importance of growing old in numbers only; as the song's subjects celebrate a birthday the preconceptions of how to live life as an adult are clearly taking more of a toll than the years themselves. That isn't to say age doesn't bring responsibility, however, as is explored on the dark and moving "Waiting at the Gate," as Carly picks up a friend/sibling out of rehab. "You used to set the world on fire/dancing in the dark/now you play solitaire in a fenced-in park," Carly sings, as she bravely and compassionately stands by a loved one even though his youthful indulgences were not her own. Such material is darker than your usual Carly Simon fare (both musically and lyrically), which makes them all the more striking. There's still plenty of room for the facts of love, though..."Don't Wrap it Up" is a sunny tune about a mature woman taking love on her own terms; "Didn't I?" asks for validation amidst a romantic demise; and "Better Not Tell Her," one of the strongest cuts, asks for discretion in the best interest of her estranged lover. When Carly sings, "If my name comes up...leave out the white nights/the moon in your window/the promises after," it's easy to recall the heroine in Simon's "We Have No Secrets," from her 1975 album "No Secrets," who found out the hard way that honesty sometimes tells you more than you want to know. On "Better Not Tell Her" the shoe's on the other foot and Simon uses life experience to try to spare everyone involved; including herself apparently, as the songs last line is "I still love you." This is easily one of the most mature and complex takes on modern relationships ever put on a rock record.The album's only misstep is the lukewarm "That's Not Like Him," a song telling of a lover's unfaithfulness. The in-denial lyrics are clever enough, but it's musically not as memorable as what Simon is capable of, and the obviously-programmed percussion is clunky. Miles ahead stylistically is "Fisherman's Song," a track that takes Carly's poetic, colorful lyrics to a new height and boasts a cameo by Judy Collins.The album closes with "We Just Got Here," another exploration of age; herein Simon claims that life is indeed going by too fast. As the song's subjects "bleed the pipes and bring in the plants" at the end of another summer, they brave themselves for autumn in a lifetime's sense. Here Simon sums up the album saying that the weather may be cold ahead but with loved ones to support you and help recall fond memories, some of the best years of your life may be yet to come. A more powerful experience than a casual listen to this record may give hint to, "Have You Seen Me Lately?" shows Carly Simon in the prime of her life and her art. And we the listeners are lucky observers of the journey."
Carly Simon's best
Mary G. Longorio | Eagle Mountain, UT | 07/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Have You seen Me Lately is the best Carly Simon offering so far. This standout CD showcases Simon's songwriting/storytelling abilities. It features the insightful lyrics based on life (perhaps Carly's) and beautiful melodies. Standout tracks are Have You Seen Me Lately?, We Just Got Here, and Life Is Eternal. This is just a joy to listen to, and is sure to be a favorite. Best line in any song? "Sorry that your mother dropped you on your head, Maybe her mother dropped her too. In this life we all get dropped, we all get black and blue." It is a shame that she doesn't tour anymore, but this is the next best thing."
Carly gets dark
charon-the-oarsman | West Hollywood, CA United States | 04/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album holds the distinction of being Carly Simon's darkest album. Alongside the usual songs about lost and/or unrequited love are songs about mental illness, child abuse, drug addiction and recovery, and death. But the predominant theme of the album is aging. So much dreariness may have kept this album from charting very well, but this is actually one of Carly Simon's best albums. There is a weightiness and depth seldom heard in much of her other work, and an intimacy that had been lacking on her more recent, glossier albums. Songs like "Happy Birthday" and "Fisherman's Song" could have been recorded in Carly's living room. Back in 1990-91, this album did a long stint in my disc changer."
It's a Girl "Thang"
Constance Richey | Evansville, IN USA | 08/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ten years after its release, I still rank this as one of the top 25 cds from my collection to listen/sing to when I'm driving. When you're feeling introspective, or a little down, pop this into the cd player, and ponder the lyrics--many are biographical but others mirror your own life. Her voice is clear and crisp, and the music, particularly the base and the drums, resonate. Most probably, this cd will appeal to women far more than to men, however. Go figure."
Music Fan | Argentina | 10/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I live in Argentina, where Carly is sadly not a very well-known artist. The only song that was often played on the radio was (and still is) "you're so vain". Of course I liked that song, and I remembered the performer's name. In 1990 at a record store I found a copy of "Have you seen me lately?", and I was not sure to buy it or not, since it apparently didn't feature any familiar song. But I finally finished buying it. When I heard it for the first time, I was truly amazed. What a voice! The songs sounded in a way that was a pleasure to listen. Then recently I heard that "old" record again, and I thought how could it be that Carly Simon is largely ignored in my country. "Love is eternal" in its own right makes the record worth of buying, had it be available today... But it doesn't end all there. "Waiting at the gate" ,"Not like him", the opening track "Better not tell her" and "Fisherman's song" are high class songs, and Carly sings with a charm voice... For sure I would like to find more Carly Simon records, but they're very hard to find here. She's very much more than just "You're so vain". And this record still sounds fresh forteen years after its release. Without any doubt, a great record and a great artist. A "must have"."