If there were a Mount Rushmore of female musicians, Carole King would take the Thomas Jefferson spot.


Her 1971 album “Tapestry” was a declaration of independence of sorts. It told the male dominated industry that yes a woman could in fact make one of the best albums of all time. It made a bold statement without being boastful or over the top.

Robert Christgau
, arguably the world’s premiere music critic, said of King:

“King has done for the female voice what countless singer-composers achieved years ago for the male: liberated it from technical decorum. She insists on being heard as she is – not raunchy and hot-to-trot or sweeet and be-yoo-ti-ful, just human, with all the cracks and imperfections that implies”

Whether you listen to it on Vinyl or on a digital remaster, King still sounds organic and true. The opening piano line of “I feel the earth move” will have you tapping your foot while the contemplative “Home Again” cut to your core.

King runs the gamut of emotions on “Tapestry.” She wrote the song “You’ve Got a Friend” that James Taylor would later make famous. King never bothered worrying about taking credit for the song; she was just looking to make good music and hopefully reach someone. Considering she penned the highest selling female album of all time, it appears she did just fine.

-Josh Kruk

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