On the surface, the Carpenters epitomize the nadir of middle-of-the-road 1970s AM pop. But “Goodbye to Love” is a great song. Granted, a lot of my love for this song has to due with the very prominent fuzz guitar by Tony Peluso. But that guitar sound adds a tremendous edge to the lyrics which rival Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave in their immense pessimism and depression. Seriously, this is one hell of a great downer song. Had this been sung by Cohen or Cave, this would be considered more of a classic than it is. Because it’s sung by Karen Carpenter, it’s considered AM-radio cheese. However, I would argue that her beautiful voice makes this song even more perverse. Either way, I love this.
Agreed – you only need to hear SY’s version of Superstar to know there were hidden depths to their material