Friday, May 20, 2016

#36: Carole King "Tapestry"

I am a little biased; when I was about 11 or 12 I bought Carole King's Tapestry album on cassette and fell in love with it. I'm not sure what attracted me to it, maybe the cat on the cover and the fact I was going through a retro phase as a child. The album provided a soundtrack to my early middle school years which were insanely miserable for a gay kid in West Virginia. Carole may not have the best voice (at times she borders on amateur) but the woman has dirt and soul in that voice, which makes her lyrics seem even more amazing than they actually are. When she belts out "You've Got A Friend", I get that old feeling of missing my childhood friends. She is a poet and a musician who can arrange her songs around a very mellow piano melody. "Way Over Yonder" reminds me of a really good country song, while "Home Again" reminds me of those West Virginia winters. Tapestry is a masterpiece if I've ever heard one. I hope it lives in the corners of my mind till my death.

My Rating: 5/5

My Favorite Track(s): I love every song on some level but I'd say my favorites are, "It's Too Late", "Beautiful", "Way Over Yonder", "So Far Away".

#30: Joni Mitchell "Blue"

Joni Mitchell's masterpiece is the perfect album you listen to on a calm and peaceful day. It's not too depressing or somber that puts you in a narcoleptic mood. She takes a few creative risks in songs like "This Flight Tonight" and "The Last Time I Saw Richard"."River" even includes some Christmas themes which were interesting. I fell in love with "All I Want" and "California" immediately - they are perfect songs.

My Rating: 4/5

Favorite Track(s): "All I Want", "California", "A Case Of You"