What a long trip it’s been down these many roads of Pop vocals. One of the long-standing, star roadside attractions of that trip has been Carly Simon, whose sensually smooth voice has delivered more than a few memorable songs, enough that fills a Greatest Hits collection with little room for deeper cuts. Fresh from a departure with the Simon Sisters recording duo that included her actual sister, Lucy Simon, Carly began a solo run in the early ‘70s. She found her way into our hearts immediately with her mesmerizing “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.” But, in time, Pop music, being as fickle as it is, eventually pushed Carly to the Adult Contemporary charts, where we older fans just appreciate her better anyway. After 25+ career solo albums, Carly Simon joins a few of her peers (Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell) on the popular – and growing – Starbucks/Hear Music train.
This Kind of Love finds an assortment of Carly Simon tunes in various styles. Such experimentation is not a strange thing for Carly, who has explored several different musical approaches over the latter half of her career. In fact, she’s quite comfortable with them. The new album begins with the jazz-infused title track, and eventually the folk tune, “Hold Out Your Heart,” the funky rap of “People Say a Lot,” the softly illuminating “Island,” and several flirtatious Latin pieces (“Hola Soleil,” “When We’re Together,” “The Last Samba”).
Of the album’s 13 songs, the ones that comes closest to her early solo years are the delicate “They Just Want You to Be There,” followed closely by “Sangre Dolce.” Both are familiar and will send you back in time to a different place. Carly sends us off with a beautifully tender “Too Soon to Say Goodbye, a bluesy sing-along song imbued with the spirit of “Auld Lang Syne.”
You’ll find much to enjoy about Carly Simon’s latest endeavor.