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Carpenters
A&M 3502
Released: May 1971
Chart Peak: #2
Weeks Charted: 59
Certified Gold: 6/7/71

Richard CarpenterKaren CarpenterRichard's sophisticated, contemporary arrangements and Karen's sparkling voice are the essence of the Carpenters' great success. These trademarks abound in their 3rd LP, which features the million selling "For All We Know"; the current hit, "Rainy Days And Mondays"; a lovely Bacharach/David medley; Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett's "Superstar"; and "One Love," which was cowritten by Richard.

- Billboard, 1971.

Bonus Review

Carpenters is by far the group's pinnacle, with "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Let Me Be the One," "For All We Know," "Superstar," "One Love" and "Sometimes." The production may sound dated, but it still has a fresh innocence only slightly tainted by Richard's whiny anti-groupie screed "Druscilla Penny." * * * *

- Steve Holtje, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.

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