Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of the album.
Too many copies we played erred on the hi-fi-ish side, with not enough warmth. The copies that sound incredibly clean and clear just didn’t do much for us; they weren’t able to convey the intimacy and emotion of the music.
I’m sure you’ve had a similar experience playing CDs of some of your old favorites. You keep wondering why you liked the music in the first place. Don’t blame the music. Blame those crappy CDs.
That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be
One More Time
The Best Thing
Just A Sinner
Dan, My Fling
Rolling Down The Hills
The Love’s Still Growing
Carly Simon was mostly well received by critics when released. Timothy Crouse, writing in Rolling Stone, stated “Carly’s voice perfectly matches her material” and her “…superbly controlled voice is complemented by deft arrangements.”
In more recent years, William Ruhlmann, writing for Allmusic, gave the album a three and a half star rating out of a possible five, and stated “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” and “Dan, My Fling”, were the stand-out tracks.
Simon stated in the Ask Carly section on her website that “Reunions” was her mother’s—Andrea Simon—favorite song of hers.