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One of the most enduring talents in pop music, Carly Simon is back with a fascinating, deeply revealing new album that is as much a collection of short stories as it is an album. Simon has been compared to writers like Joan Didion for her ability to zero in on urban angst, and here she proves she hasn't lost her edge when it comes to marrying adult subject matter to popular song. The album harks back to the thoughtful soft-rock sound that empowered her '70s hits. It opens with the suggestion of romance -- in the catchy "Our Affair," Simon hints at being "one little breath away/From our affair." Her singing is strong and direct. Probably the most vulnerable and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Douglas Clegg
One of the most enduring talents in pop music, Carly Simon is back with a fascinating, deeply revealing new album that is as much a collection of short stories as it is an album. Simon has been compared to writers like Joan Didion for her ability to zero in on urban angst, and here she proves she hasn't lost her edge when it comes to marrying adult subject matter to popular song. The album harks back to the thoughtful soft-rock sound that empowered her '70s hits. It opens with the suggestion of romance -- in the catchy "Our Affair," Simon hints at being "one little breath away/From our affair." Her singing is strong and direct. Probably the most vulnerable and beautiful song here is "So Many Stars," a very New York story that finds Simon wandering the city and wondering about the depth and reality of romance in the urban landscape. The song culminates in an emotional, chilling moment, as Simon takes us from a subway turnstile to a sense of loneliness in the universe and of the fears and expectations that come with romantic love. Simon's voice has never sounded more fiery and beautiful. The many standouts include "Cross the River," "Scar," and the in-your-face "We Your Dearest Friends," a brutally honest assessment of social climbers. Years in the making, the brave, clear-eyed THE BEDROOM TAPES was obviously a major labor of love for Simon; she has -- like nowhere before -- laid her heart and mind before the listener.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Accomplished singer/songwriter Carly Simon gets back to where it all started on her first brand new release of original material in six years, The Bedroom Tapes. She taps into the realm of traditional American music, continuing to draw inspiration from Broadway show tunes, jazz blues standards, folk-pop, and rock & roll. She is as a raw as she was on 1975's Playing Possum and just as sweet as 1987's Coming Around Again, but Simon is fresh. Although in her mid-fifties, she is still a charmer. Always frolicking with romance and the despair it sometimes brings, songs like "Our Affair" and "Cross the River" salt the wounds. She isn't entirely melodramatic, she also makes room to poke a little fun. "I'm Really the Kind" sashes at her witty self, critical of her own desires. "We Your Dearest Friends" is a haunting look at how personal judgment comes full circle. The Bedroom Tapes is pure, and Carly Simon proves herself to be well grounded. Not that listeners didn't already know that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221462723
  • Catalog Number: 14627

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Our Affair (4:16)
  2. 2 So Many Stars (5:35)
  3. 3 Big Dumb Guy (5:56)
  4. 4 Scar (5:35)
  5. 5 Cross the River (6:02)
  6. 6 I Forget (4:40)
  7. 7 Actress (4:52)
  8. 8 I'm Really the Kind (4:31)
  9. 9 We You Dearest Friends (4:52)
  10. 10 Whatever Beacame of Her (4:59)
  11. 11 In Honor of You (George) (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carly Simon Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Primary Artist
Eric Bazilian Electric Guitar
Steve Gadd Drums
Tony Garnier Bass
Teese Gohl Conductor, Hammond Organ
Aaron Heick Saxophone
Mindy Jostyn Violin
Stuart Kimball Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ben Taylor Background Vocals
Michael Lockwood Acoustic Guitar
Larry Ciancia Drums
John Forté Background Vocals
T-Bone Wolk Bass
Technical Credits
Carly Simon Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Frank Filipetti Producer, Engineer
Teese Gohl Arranger, Programming, Producer
Peter Moshay Studio Arrangements
Ed Tuton Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Jason Stasium Engineer
Andrew Felluss Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Uh, I don't get it!

    I've bought every Carly Simon album ever produced, saw her in concert twice, followed her career since the 1970s. I kept this CD for only two weeks before I traded it in. Sorry, but musically, this CD in no way measures up to past efforts, even recent ones like ''Letters Never Sent.'' These are more like musical ramblings than songs. Please, Carly, give us some tunes that stick in our heads hours after we've played 'em!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shivers...........

    Listening to the bedroom tapes really gave me the shivers. Songs like Scar and So many stars are among the best music and lyrics Carly has ever written. Being a fan now for more than 15 years, it is stunning, that Carly surprises you over and over again with her talent. Her talent for writing songs and lyrics is a sole standard.Let't cherish this talent, and hope for Carly that she can find the energy to keep on surprising us. Roger- The Netherlands

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Carly Shines

    What a brilliant masterpiece Carly Shines so brightly in all of these songs, her heart and soul exposed for all of us to relate to. Her words unfold a tapestry that is food for the soul. Buy it today !!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IMPRESSED

    I'm impressed by an artist surviving in showbusiness for decades, I'm impressed by an artist being able to persuade the listener with his/her honesty, I'm impressed by an artist creating a very personal style, I'm impressed by a songwriter being able to write a song that can really cheer you up (and is not only something nice to listen to), and most of all I'm ipressed by a personality, who has survived cancer!!! Carly is at her best and I really hope to see her sometime here in Europe....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Follow Carly's life and our own in her music

    I heard Carly had a new CD out and headed to the Mall in hopes to find a copy. Not only did I get the last copy of 'Bedroom Tapes' but also 'Boys in the Trees'. That was my very first Carly album that I won on a radio station and was hooked at fourteen! I am now 38 and have all of her records/cds. Last night I sat down and first listened to her new cd, followed by a walk down memory lane with the first in my collection and I find the two connected which I found connected me to my past as well. In my opinion, 'I forget' is the best followed by 'I'm Really The Kind' in close second. Talk about getting to the point in a lyrical, musical sense! I feel Carly is a bit more spiritually aware than the public is aware of because I catch certain lines in her songs that point to the bigger picture of life that she draws inspiration from. She and her music have been a huge inspiration throughout my life and with this newest cd being released in the year 2000, it will have a bigger impact on the public than even she is aware of. Or...maybe she is...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bolder Than Ever

    A bold, honest, adult piece of work that not only is quite listenable and enjoyable, but thoughtful and reflective, and it deserves to be heard. I think the best way to get it heard would be by making 'Our Affair' the single (that way people would rush out and get the album after hearing that song...and that way they would get to hear the rest of it!). Carly never ceases to amaze, and she is, once AGAIN, at the top of her craft. Nobody has such a way with a lyric and a melody (like Carly). Of the women in pop music over the last 30 years (that includes Joni Mitchell, who is #2)she is the best, the most honest, most real artist...and she speaks in her own 'voice' (metaphorically speaking), meaning: there is little or no contrivance. 'Our Affair' (a hit waiting to happen...I can just picture Carly in a video...just groovin' and lookin' cool), 'Scar' and 'Whatever Become of Her?' (both very thoughtful, emotional works), 'We Your Dearest Friends' (the 'bete noir from hell' line is so funny) and 'Actress' (an EXCELLENT song).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful album...

    'Scar' is one of the best songs she's ever written. This is a mature, thoughtful, witty album. Her voice sounds better than ever, too. I've given this record to lots of my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Carly Simon Shines Like 'So Many Stars'

    Carly Simon has done it again, delivering another strong performance in The Bedroom Tapes. The opening song, 'Our Affair,' is the hook that reels you in for nearly an hour of pure vocals and strong music...much of it performed by Carly from her home studio. The funky and low, 'Big Dumb Guy,' which she performed last week on the Letterman show, drives the album along to its best song, 'Scar,' which is classic and true to the artist's legendary painful, yet hopeful, view into her personal experiences. While Carly Simon's voice is perfectly suited for her ventures into the past, as in her previous album, 'Film Noir,' and the groundbreaking 'Torch,' she proves that her original lyrics and music are still fresh in this latest effort. Simon gives recognition to the influences of standards on 'In Honor of You (George),' a tribute to George & Ira Gershwin that includes lyrics from 'Embraceable You,' among others. The single, 'So Many Stars,' seems an appropriate phrase for the many songs Carly Simon has written. They all shine among the constellation of a great musician.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    are you lost in the stars?

    carly is the best at relating our hopes dreams and fears this cd fufills all of them .she is so talented. i love her work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She Comes Around Again, and Again, and Again

    Carly's new CD just blows me away. I had to listen to 'Our Affair' about 100 times before I could move on to 'So Many Stars.' I'm stuck on that one now. I've been a fan for years (and years) and I'm always pleasantly surprised when she releases new material. She just gets more profound, and more beautiful all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Carly's back and better than ever

    This CD will rank right up there with 'No Secrets' and 'Coming Around Again' as one of her best. She again demonstrates her ability to weave a tune and sing the most interesting melodies and lyrics. Thanks Carly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Carly is at the top of her game.

    Sometimes, truly wonderful things come of pain. And great art almost necessarily does. So, it is perhaps no great surprise that Carly Simon follows an interlude with illness with one of her best collection of songs ever. While Carly has always had a way with cobbling together a terse, wry or poignant phrase and letting it glide over a beautiful melody, she has never before so finely crafted a collection of heartfelt vignettes. Whether full of melancholy or mischief, Carly hits her stride with ¿The Bedroom Tapes¿ and proves that she is one of the best popular songwriters ever. Carly shows that she can match Joni Mitchell when it comes to finding the perfect word to simply express a complex idea, but she also proves that she has a knack for an uncanny melodic hook that so often eludes Miss Mitchell.

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