Carole King - Tapestry
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1971 Ratings: #10 / 125
User Score
Based on 355 ratings
1971 Ratings: #7
Liked by 28 people
February 10, 1971 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ode / Label
Lou Adler / Producer
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With its reliance on pianos and gentle drumming, Tapestry is a light and airy work on its surface, occasionally skirting the boundaries of jazz, but it's also an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later.

American Songwriter

It is those phases that deliver Tapestry from being a mere collection of love songs; and in many ways, pave the way for what the singer/songwriter movement would become-deeply personal, musically organic and looking for order amongst conflicting times, needs and survival in a world quickly evolving.

I Feel the Earth Move (9.8/10)
So Far Away (8.7/10)
It's Too Late (10/10)
Home Again (7.8/10)
Beautiful (8.3/10)
Way Over Yonder (7.5/10)
You've Got a Friend (8.7/10)
Where You Lead (8.1/10)
Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (7.7/10)
Smackwater Jack (7.6/10)
Tapestry (7.7/10)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (10/10)

Average Score: 85 💚
Happy 50th birthday to one of the greatest Pop albums of all time.

Fav Tracks: I Feel the Earth Move, It's Too Late, So Far Away, You've Got a Friend
Least Fav: Way Over Yonder
Tapestry is one of the most beloved records of the 70's, and even though I don't think I've ever really listened to it from front to back until now, it's easy to understand why. The cozy catter-studded album cover tells you all you need to know about the music that lies within. It's very homely, with twelve delicate but never flaccid singer-songwriter cuts. There really are no missteps either, it really is just that consistent. I saw countless articles throughout the course of the day ... read more
There is no way for me to rate this record unbiased as we played it on repeat while our daughter was born.
Carole King is a singer and a songwriter of a rare quality, she sounds so true and real you want to make her a friend. Nothing here sounds fake or forced and half of the songs are undeniable classics of the openhearted youthfulness of great POP.
King touches the essential emotions and questions that move social living beings (sth. we hopefully will return to be)
50 years on, the music that Carole King brings to us on Tapestry show moments of bliss throughout. However, I do feel like some of the moodier, supposedly more ‘emotional’ cuts are slightly drab and pointless, with the exception of maybe the songs Way Over Yonder and Home Again, where Carole manages some very great usage of her vocal range. It does seem like some of the piano lines do get repeated quite a bit by the time we get to the song Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, as it ... read more
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Added on: June 1, 2013