December 05, 1977 12:00 PM

The Carpenters

Karen and Richard Carpenter first made it onto the charts with soft ballads like Burt Bacharach’s Close to you and Paul Williams’ We’ve Only Just Begun and Rainy Days and Mondays. In this, their ninth album, the versatile brother and sister expand their repertoire to include space rock (as in Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft) and even some Latin-sounding salsa with B’wana She No Home. But the Carpenters really hit the nail when they revert to the kind of easy listening their reputation was built on. With the lilting All You Get from Love Is a Love Song, Karen reaffirms her standing as one of the best vocalists pop has to offer.

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