"Come Upstairs" reeks of the divorce-induced depression that Carly seemed to experience during and after her split from James Taylor. This is one of my favourites though, in that it's memorable and interesting melodically.
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.