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Writing the entire album herself, without an outside lyricist, she moves away from the introspective songs of Tapestry and its immediate follow-ups to examine the lives of others, in particular of those less fortunate. Subsequently we are treated alternately to a series of dramatic monologues, in some of which Carole King appears as herself, voicing personal hope and aspiration, but the majority featuring her as someone else, black, Latin American or otherwise, voicing the same sentiments. Unusually, this takes the form of a literal fantasia; a steady, safe, stream-of-consciousness flow of moreish MOR. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Orchestration that resembles, but that is vastly inferior to, Burt Bacharach’s productions for Dionne Warwicke is substituted for melody. She ends with the best track of all, "Believe In Humanity", in which she and her piano remain in the groove while she states that she'd rather not hear the worst, or she might lose her faith in mankind, and she doesn't want that to happen. In “That’s How Things Go Down,” she is a pregnant and potentially unwed mother and in “Weekdays” the mythical everyday housewife: “Heaven knows I can always watch the daytime shows/And wonder which story’s mine.Near the end of the album, Carole presents a beautiful, heartfelt ballad ("You Light Up My Life") and then a rocking Latin number loaded with Carole's signature piano playing ("Corazon"). Only one song, “You Light Up My Life,” shows the luminescent, intimate King sensibility that made Tapestry, Music and Rhymes And Reasons so emotionally satisfying.

Highlights include "Being At War With Each Other", "A Quiet Place To Live", "Corazon" and "Believe In Humanity". Only the musical tide has changed and Laura employs members of the jazz funk band The Crusaders to beef up her sound that put her in the vanguard of this relatively new subgenre.True Carole,James Taylor and Carley Simon really helped popularize the style but at the same time the black community were paying attention as well. And, I mean, there's unquestionably no Laura Nyro without Carole King--but there's also no Carole King without Laura Nyro, you know?

Interwoven between more intros,interludes and almostr jazzy instrumentals such as "Welfare Symphony" are down and out funk such as "You've Been Around Too Long" and the story song "Haywood",both weaving personal tales loosely interelating with themes of everyone in an inner city area in with sweet,string drenched,horn soaked grooves right out of the Curtis Mayfield style school. If she can make ME feel better about the world situation, then she must know what she's talking about.In Fantasy, with its run-on editing and calculated schematization, these qualities are transmuted into humanitarian rhetoric that affects deliverance without delivering. As the years passed, it remained one of her most consistent sellers as more people discovered its uniqueness.

In spite of everything already mentioned, the rest of Carole King's albums hold up well-enough on their own and are probably very overdue for a critical reappraisal. People confronted those in power ("You've Been Around Too Long") and asked that changes be made, and soon ("Directions"). Allmusic critic Jason Elias said that "'Corazón' has Latin intonations and King certainly doesn't embarrass herself. To do this she took a formula that was popular at the time, being political and sharing worries and wrongs with the world, the formula was doing wonders for artists like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. What, in heaven’s name, should be the difference between Carole King’s “soul” and her “real-life role”?The soul-styling of “Welfare Symphony” transitions into the string-laden “You Light Up My Life,“ which moves on to the Latin-sounding “Corazon”and then onto the jazzy “Believe In Humanity. In between these “someone else” monologues, Carole King speaks in her Institutional role as humanitarian empathist: “Everyone comes from one father one mother/So why do we complicate our lives so much/By being at war with each other” (“Being at War with Each Other”).

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