I purchased a collection of The Carpenters greatest hits a couple of nights ago, and I've been listening to it on my way back and forth to work. For those of you who are under 40, you may not have heard enough of their work to realize what a truly amazing voice Karen Carpenter had, before her death at 32 from complications of anorexia nervosa, the eating disorder.
Now, you may find the style of production a bit too lush for modern tastes. Doubtless, the songs The Carpenters did seem hopelessly romantic and innocent in an age both when seem to be gone forever. (I confess: I was the sort of guy that could be reduced to tears listening to songs of romance--and I still can be.) But listen to that voice! And please, someone explain to me what makes her voice stand out so astonishingly! There are many really excellent female singers--but there's something about that voice that grabs hold of me in a way that no other voice does.
UPDATE: And this song I had never heard until yesterday--and my, the video is more weird than I thought The Carpenters would ever do.