Come Upstairs (Remastered) Carly Simon

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  • 1Come Upstairs04:22
  • 2Stardust04:16
  • 3Them03:48
  • 4Jesse04:20
  • 5James02:28
  • 6In Pain06:13
  • 7The Three Of Us In The Dark04:17
  • 8Take Me As I Am04:53
  • 9The Desert04:45
  • Total Runtime39:22

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In the tradition of Linda Ronstadt's „Mad love“, Peter Frampton's The Art Of Control“, and that Alice Cooper record where he looks just like David Byrne on the cover, 1980's „Come Upstairs“ is Carly Simon's new wave record. What makes „Come Upstairs“ work is the way the lyrics function as a loosely-connected song cycle about newfound feminine independence, which, in light of Simon's recent well-publicized divorce from James Taylor, could only be read as autobiographical.

The song "James" has to win some kind of "Last Time I Saw Richard" award for revelation. From the slinky come-on of the title track, to the seething "Them," to the coy "The Three of Us in the Dark," these songs are strong enough to forgive the dated arrangements.

„On Come Upstairs, Carly Simon's instincts are bold, but her music betrays her. Confronting a self-imposed semiretirement, declining disc sales and the pervasive peppiness of the New Wave, Simon has responded with a comely perversity by writing a batch of new songs that are either loose and trashy or tight and morose. Neither of these hybrids has much to do with what's moving in record stores these days, and the tunes suffer from the poor job that producer Mike Mainieri does of approximating the Doobie Brothers' creamy coolness.

As a result, the current album is so confused and boring that it almost sounds resigned to its own aesthetic failure. Come Upstairs commences with some promisingly slick, bitchy pop (the title track, "Stardust"), then quickly sheds its allure with witless paranoia ("Them") and ballads oozing with clichéd imagery ("Jesse," "James"). The peak of discomfort is "In Pain," in which Carly Simon (who's spent a career proving that she can be aggressive and vulnerable with equal ferocity) falls apart in the service of primal Muzak, yowling: "Pain, in pain/I'm in pain." The awful thing is that you can't believe her for a second.“ (Rolling Stone)

Carly Simon, vocals
Sid McGinnis, guitar
Pete Hewlett, guitar
Jerry Grossman, cello
Mike Mainieri, keyboards, background vocals
Ed Walsh, keyboards
Billy Mernit, keyboards
Ken Landrum, keyboards
Larry Fast, keyboards
Don Grolnick, keyboards
Tony Levin, bass
Steve Gadd, drums
Rick Marotta, drums
James Taylor, background vocals
Laraine Newman, background vocals
Mariah Aguiar, background vocals
Christine Martin, background vocals
Alex Taylor, background vocals
Hugh Taylor, background vocals
Sid McGinnis, background vocals
Pete Hewlett, background vocals
Gail Boggs, background vocals

Recorded 1979 at Power Station Studios, New York City
Produced by Mike Mainieri

Digitally remastered

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