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 Posted:   Feb 4, 2014 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

On February 4- 1983, Karen Carpenter, a great singer indeed, passed away.A timeless voice singing timeless music. As long as people enjoy music she will never be forgotten .Any comments on this pop music sensation of the 70's.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Karen could sing. She was the real deal. A true natural talent. She had the voice of an angel. She's a very special part of Christmas every year, as the Carpenter's Christmas album is played every December. As with any artist, her gifts lives on forever with her recordings.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Hers is my favorite female voice, ever. She didn't need auto-tune or histrionics to sell a song. She sang the notes, as written, and her voice touches my soul. Her low tones are unsurpassed. Simply beautiful.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

Karen could sing. She was the real deal. A true natural talent. She had the voice of an angel. She's a very special part of Christmas every year, as the Carpenter's Christmas album is played every December. As with any artist, her gifts lives on forever with her recordings.

Totally agree - she is my favorite Female singer - period!...:-)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I struggle to believe it is 31 years ... frown

I played their album Now and Then on Saturday last ... a truly wonderful voice.

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)



 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Aye, I grew up hearing The Carpenters in our house and their songs are a reminder of my childhood. Fond ones too.
The closest I've heard to her style are some songs by Rumer. The first time I heard her hit single, I thought it was a 'lost' Carpenters song being issued.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 10:25 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I felt hearing their music so often in the 70's was to me a relief from all the craziness and stressful things in this world. A class act, very distinctive from a lot of the others that filled up the top 40 charts.I hoped she has found the happiness she was trying to get in her short life on earth, someplace else.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 2:13 AM   
 By:   Alex Cremers   (Member)

Her voice sounded best during the early '70s, though. Not a big fan from her voice or The Carpenters from 1975 onward. Too much midrange frequencies, reverb and country.

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 2:13 AM   
 By:   Alex Cremers   (Member)

Her voice sounded best during the early '70s, though. Not a big fan of her voice or The Carpenters from 1975 onward. Too much midrange frequencies, reverb and country.

Alex

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I have to agree with Alex. It's the reverb I have a problem with. A lot of recordings from my favourite singer, Andy Williams have the same issue from the mid 70s onward as well. He referred to it himself in later years, stating he didn't like it and wished it hadn't been on his recordings.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I felt hearing their music so often in the 70's was to me a relief from all the craziness and stressful things in this world. A class act, very distinctive from a lot of the others that filled up the top 40 charts.I hoped she has found the happiness she was trying to get in her short life on earth, someplace else.

While they had great success I remember the critics saying their songs were to sweet and innocent. This was when rock bands were taking off and pushing the boundaries of what was considered decent at the time. Thankfully they played the music they wanted to sing. Years ago there was sort of a coming out where a lot of musicians and singers admitted they liked the Carpenters. They just didn't want to say so at the time.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Her voice was so beautiful, smooth and mellow, never forced or harsh, even when singing loudly or on high notes. She could sound so melancholy and haunting yet not sappy on songs such as “Superstar”.
There are really only a couple of songs that I can’t bear to hear; “Sleigh Ride” and “Merry Christmas, Darling”. Something about the way she pronounces “You”; it sounds like “Eeeeyyyuuuw”, long drawn out and makes my fillings ache. I don’t think she did that on other songs, at least not to that extent. Guess I’m just hypersensitive to it.
Miss her badly. How great it would be to hear her today if she was still alive. I think her voice would likely have deepened and become more resonant in a sort of Anne Murray quality.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

I had the great good fortune of seeing The Carpenters in concert during what turned out to be their final US tour. What an absolutely glorious evening of song and entertainment.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Hers is my favorite female voice, ever. She didn't need auto-tune or histrionics to sell a song. She sang the notes, as written, and her voice touches my soul. Her low tones are unsurpassed. Simply beautiful.

Absolutely agree. her voice was just silk. Such a great loss.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Her voice was so beautiful, smooth and mellow, never forced or harsh, even when singing loudly or on high notes. She could sound so melancholy and haunting yet not sappy on songs such as “Superstar”.


Very well said!

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

We were so lucky to have had her back in the 70's.

I don't know if she'd be all that popular in this day and age standing in the shadow of performers like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kate Perry, Pink, Christina Aguilera, etc.

Oh well, at least we have Adele.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Let's not forget my friend in the mid 70's as well, a lot of the music were also not really the style of the carpenters. I think she would be pretty successful today. The venues would be a bit different today, but she would be there.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 6:02 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

The Carpenters' music still hold up beautifully after all these years, much better than the formulaic junk we have today.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

We were so lucky to have had her back in the 70's.

I don't know if she'd be all that popular in this day and age standing in the shadow of performers like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kate Perry, Pink, Christina Aguilera, etc.

Oh well, at least we have Adele.


The early '70s is when they really had music.

 
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