Sunday, 23 December 2012
Top 102 albums. No. 78. Tapestry
Tapestry - Carole King
In bed with the winter vomiting bug I feel the need for something comforting, relaxing and perhaps restorative. I have plumped for Carole King's Tapestry. The other advantage is that there is not much that needs to be said about this album. It is part of our aural DNA.
Long before she finally hit the heights as a performer with Tapestry King had written numerous hits, most famously as part of the Goffin/King partnership, including "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" for The Shirelles which was the first U.S. No.1 by a girl group and makes an appearance on Tapestry, as does (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, made famous by Aretha Franklin.
One of the things that makes this album so special is the way that it seems so natural and relaxed. It is both intimate and universal. And it manages this while retaining enough emotional turmoil to keep you engrossed. When you're sick and miserable, it's a friend.
"When you're down and troubled and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest nights."