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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Carly Simon is 'Coming Around Again'


Lately, Carly Simon’s audience has been patients of her much younger laparoscopic-surgeon boyfriend in Plymouth, Mass. when she lends her unmistakable voice to calm patients before they go into surgery. However, the 64-year-old singer became a bit more extraverted when she hit the road to promote her latest album Never Been Gone in Europe at the end of last month.

In 2008, she sued Starbucks’ then music label Hear Music, claiming the chain did not effectively promote her This Kind of Love album—although Starbucks says it met all of the contractual agreements and the album reached the #15 spot on Billboard’s album chart.

In an effort to re-gain confidence and credibility after the debacle, Benjamin Taylor-- Simon’s son with folk- staple James Taylor-- urged the singer/songwriter to record some of her greatest hits—“That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”, “Let the River Run”, “You’re so Vain”-- with new arrangements. The result? A juxtaposition of some really great songs with a more relevant take. Never Been Gone could be seen as an appropriate summation of Simon’s twenty-four album -catalog—but I have a feeling we’ll be hearing more from her.

--Ashley Thompson
Currently listening to "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon

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