popdude Posted October 19, 2007 Share Posted October 19, 2007 I just got done reviewing the "Boats Against the Current"/"Change of Heart" CD reissue for Goldmine Magazine and was struck by how well "Boats" in particular has aged.I wasn't a huge fan of the album upon hearing it for the first time many moons ago, but now with a few years of "life experience" (I wouldn't say wisdom) behind me, I can really appreciate what a masterful achievement it is - both musically and lyrically - from beginning to end.Even "Change of Heart" - which has been summarily dismissed by some as nothing more than "a disco record" - has more than a few gems on it. "Someday, "Hey Deanie" and the majestic "Desperate Fools" are all stellar, and even the "disco" tunes are as catchy as hell.And finally, this thought: look back on the albums that Raspberries released (only four) and Eric's solo oeuvre (six albums) and count the number of Eric Carmen-penned tunes that are very good or better. It's a long list, to be sure.As far as assimilating his influences - Beatles, Beach Boys, classical music, Small Faces - and producing music that is catchy, memorable and stands the test of time, there really are few artists who've done it better than Eric Carmen. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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