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Top Customer Reviews
It was with this album that Carly embraced New Wave, which gave her voice and songs even more of a modern edge. "Take Me As I Am," "Stardust," "Them," and the title track are pure early 80s music, addictive and danceable.
"In Pain" is a harrowing epic filled with rage, and no one could but Carly could sing this song in quite way she does. One is reminded of John Lennon's (primal scream) 'Plastic Ono Band' album from ten years before.
"The Desert" and "The Three of us in the Dark," are both haunting and moody, while "Jesse" is pure Top 40 material.
And of course, the standout track is the quiet and poignant "James," which is one of the most beautiful songs she's ever penned. It's a hidden gem, and one that deserves to be included on a retrospective collection.
Highly recommended for Carly Simon fans who might have missed it the first time around.
The most memorable song on this album was the Top 20 hit "Jesse", reminiscent of 60's pop/rock. It's sensitive and tailor-made for radio airplay and stands the test of time. Its b-side, "Stardust", seems like a weird commentary on the ups and downs of stardom, the weird key changes seeming to suggest delusion with fame. It's one of my favourites, even though the music borders on arrogant rock. "Come Upstairs", "Them", and "Take Me As I Am" are all fast-paced numbers. The title track suggests a semi-sleazy one night stand, "Them" is a creative, slightly robotic, edgy feminist anthem, and "Take Me As I Am" is a song with an edge but without sounding harsh or mean. "In Pain" screams and whimpers for over 6 minutes and is extremely effective in its lyrical content. It says what many pained people are thinking but without sounding innappropriately poetic or unreal. "The Three Of Us In The Dark", actually more about thinking about someone else while being with a lover than about a threesome, is another dark song with a memorable and pleasing harmony in the chorus. "The Desert" is eerie and humbling lyrically, but with a sort of pretentious melody.
At only 9 songs, this album is a little short in duration, but still works cohesively in the end. However, I would only recommend this for people wanting to get to know Carly Simon beyond her biggest hit songs.
Boys In the Trees - Da Bat Fly in Me Face
Spy - Memorial Day
Come Upstairs - Them
Spoiled Girl - My New Boyfriend
I like a couple of these tunes but they are like putting a clowns nose on a pretty girl. Its sort of cute but I like her real nose without the rubber ball.\
I had all her albums when this was released. I think the album was a ballsy all out effort but this is Carly's first attempt to remake herself into something other than a balladeer. "Take me" is one of her best and In Pain she really lets her voice break. But I can only recommend this album to Carly fans who want to hear her do anything. I am that sort of person but I don't think this album stands the test of time as well as "No Secrets", "Another Passenger" and "Boys '". She does have one of the best voices in the industry, but for what its worth, dance music doesn't fit her like a glove. She spends the next three albums trying on different sounds till she comes back to something not far off from where she started before finding a broad audience again. An interesting diversion for Carly enthusiasts.
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A pop precurser to Sinead O'Connor and PJ Harvey, this is one of my favorite albums of all time. I love the music, a great, cheesy, early 80's disco/new wave/pop mixture, but the... Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2000
WHAT A DYNAMITE 'TOUR DE FORCE' FROM A LEGENDARY PEFORMER!!! This was such a breakthrough & important Carly Simon album!!! Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2000 by John T. Howton
Carly's "punk rock album"? PLEASE. Maybe too much time has gone by for casual music fans to make the distinction between new wave and punk influences, but one listen to... Read morePublished on June 24 2000 by J. Collins
I'd been a fan of Carly's music for about 8 years when COME UPSTAIRS was released. While I loved everything she put out up to that point, I'd always been a little frustrated by the... Read morePublished on May 22 2000 by James Nemeth
I was so excited in the summer of 1980 when this was released. There was no warning, one hot summer afternoon I heard this great dance song, and to my amazement it was Carly... Read morePublished on April 15 2000 by Del
After poor handling by Elektra and the disappointing sales of "Spy," Carly moved next door to Warners for more poor handling. Read morePublished on April 5 2000 by Michael Berlin
In 1980,everyone had a Punk Rock Record,this was Carly's.When I first heard,"Come up Stairs,"It really got me rocking. Read morePublished on March 16 2000 by Bob Waskiewicz
Carly at her hardest rocking magnificence!!! The lady can rock with the best of them! I absolutely fell in love with this the first time I heard it & still get chills when I... Read morePublished on June 30 1999 by John T. Howton