Blast From The Past: ‘Tapestry’

Parker Otto

Whether it’s students taking summer classes or just people wanting to do some important work, there is always the need for stimulating and rambunctious music. A perfect selection for this crowd is, no doubt, Carole King’s 1971 album “Tapestry.”

For years, Carole King had been an unsung hero in the music industry as a songwriter, creating songs throughout the 60s which were covered by legends including The Beatles, The Monkees and Aretha Franklin. However, after over a decade of writing, “Tapestry” was released with not only a catalogue of King’s best work but also, gasp, with her mesmerising vocals.

The album catches the attention of the listener with the jangle of keyboards, played by King, in “I Feel The Earth Move” which perfectly attaches itself to King’s vocals. In this particular song, King’s vocals almost emulate the blues genre. Other tracks include the Grammy winning tracks “It’s Too Late” and “You’ve Got A Friend” which, along with the rest of the album tackle the different aspects of relationships and romance.

One of the best tracks of the album is “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” which was written for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. As the final song on the record, King gives it her all by delivering a more tender spin of the track which was previously aligned with Franklin’s triumphant vocals.

Ultimately the album was a roaring success, winning four Grammys, including Album of the Year, and remained on the Billboard charts for an astounding 313 weeks. This work not only saw the true capabilities of Carole King, but introduced the world to a new wave of female artists writing and performing their own material. Many modern female pop artists owe it all to Carole King.