|The best hi-rez musical experience yet!|
For many years, I've never understood the phenomenal success of the Carpenters, America's best selling Adult Contemporary brother and sister duo during the 1970's. Karen and Richard Carpenter formed many musical groups prior to settling on their formula of pure and simple melodies with warm, basic harmonies. I've previously dismissed their work as another blast from the past. Their tunes were sweet but somewhat teeny poppy, based on my previous purchase of their 2 CD compilation set. Perhaps the CD format just did not do the Carpenters artistic craft any favours?
It wasn't until this 24/96 download, available from HD Tracks, that I finally "get it" the Carpenters phenomenon, that is. This delicately re-mastered hi-rez download has been restored with great care, much of the studio ambiance and the critical harmonic texture and timbre of the accompanying instruments(mostly classical and of acoustic in nature, which were cleverly arranged by Richard) is preserved. Karen's voice has a soothing, calming quality that makes me wanna listen over and over. She reads the songs like as if she has live thru the lyrics in the fullest of experience. There's a certain honesty in the way she interprets the songs, that makes them believable. Every note and phrase she teases the listener with emotions of hurt, love lost, guilt, happiness and sometimes just the plain gift of joy. In an extremely revealing hi-rez capable system, all is revealed to result as a musical and hifi experience of goose bumps inducing proportions. I think some simply call the experience a "high"!
The first five tracks on this hi-rez file are all killers, but that does not mean the remaining of the tracks are fillers! My favorite tracks includes all the hits like, Yesterday Once More, We've Only Just Begun, Superstar, Rainy Days And Mondays, Touch Me When We're Dancing, (They long To Be) Close To You and Please, Mr Postman.
My verdict? The most musically and sonically accomplished hi-rez file I've yet experienced. It's like technical perfection and artistry of craft coming as one in a complete package.