Eric Carmen first came to note as lead singer/songwriter of the power pop group Raspberries, but is best known as an artist under his own name after the breakup of the group. He is versatile, having learned classical piano and teaching himself guitar. He did keyboards, guitar, bass and vocals in Ringo Starr's 6th All Starr Band in the year 2000.
His material has also been successful for others - That's Rock'n'Roll was a #3 hit for Shaun Cassidy, and films Dirty Dancing and Footloose featured his writing/co-writing, the first with Hungry Eyes, the second having Almost Paradise declared as its Love Theme. I remember him mostly via All By Myself, enjoying the Rachmaninoff borrowing, and even though it's not all he does, he certainly produced plenty of those plaintive, overwrought ballads. Here's a few:
01. All By Myself:
02. Hungry Eyes:
03. Make Me Lose Control"
04. Almost Paradise:
05. That's Rock'n'Roll:
06. She Remembered:
07. Never Gonna Fall In Love:
01. "All By Myself" - 02. "Hungry Eyes" - 03. "Make Me Lose Control" - 04. "Almost Paradise" - 05. "That's Rock'n'Roll" - 06. "She Remembered" - 07. "Never Gonna Fall In Love" - 08. "Sunrise" -
01. "All By Myself" - Love the very sincere lyric, the Harrisonesque guitar solo, and the classical break, thanks for pointing out that aspect of Eric Carmen, I could really see it when I heard that break. Always very refreshing to here such a sincere and genuine song.
02. "Hungry Eyes" - So the pop instincts and abilities are incredible, as with all of these. The lyric, I wish would go a little beyond and examine what the hunger in the eyes is really all about, something deeper that shouldn't come off as only skin deep.
03. "Make Me Lose Control" - Great chorus, again suffers from a lyric that suffers from the anti-climactical "OK, well then what's the point of life, just having an orgasm with someone?" But other than that it was clever the references of Jenny and he old favorite songs, it was a clever lyric as far as that goes. But again, like the previous song, the lyric is firing a gun and missing the target. It's like "let's just get lost in doing it, since there is nothing else to do."
04. "Almost Paradise" - Great vocals to a great song. But like Phil Collins, worships the relationship over why do men and women get married anyways, and who created this male-female dynamic, and what is the meaning of life. Great pop song structure and melody that does a Phil-Collins-special for the lyric, again, namely worshiping the relationship itself instead of The One who made the two people in the relationship in the first place, and contemplating the whole meaning of it all and life in general.
05. "That's Rock'n'Roll" - Classic rock and roll song, with one of the all-time great choruses. I never get tired of this one. Like the spirited live take. Lots of grit in the vocal and guitar for this live performance. Very cool. Other than that, get a haircut dude, my scalp feels sweaty just looking at him, ha ha.
06. "She Remembered" - Guess everyone hopes they're not forgotten from a past relationship that meant a lot to them, whatever type of relationship it was. Captures the sentiment well.
07. "Never Gonna Fall In Love" - Probably one of the best songs ever describing how a heartache feels, to the degree that I can excuse any of the touchy-feely sentimentality for this one.
08. "Sunrise" - Kind of reminds me of "Tightrope", with the majestic intro breaking into a cool rocker. Always liked this song, goes down like a hopeful prayer. Fantastic bridge, and can hear the classical touches in it, adds to it a lot. Nice spirited outro.
Star Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Prime Cuts: "All By Myself", "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", "That's Rock and Roll", and "Sunrise" (guess I must be a big fan of the self-title album! ha ha) Bottom Line: One of the all-time great pop-rock writers and vocalists, as showcased by these songs.
Thanks platypus, really enjoyed playing these; even for any gripes about the "not quite getting the full picture" of 2, 3, 4, and 6, they were still very fun and engaging tracks. Will mark you down for the next open spot!
Yet another artist I've heard one or two songs by, years ago. Let's see what he's been getting up to:
All By Myself - I do like this song, I remember it being very big when I was in my mid-teens so there's a nostalgia factor. Plus when you're that age this kind of angst is right up your street. Apparently it's based on something classical, that could be a reason it's so memorable, plus there's a masterful overdone ending which Barry Manilow would be taking notes about.
Hungry Eyes - This has the chimey '80's keyboard sound that is one of my pet hates so I'm disposed not to like it right away. He sings really well on it though and it's quite meaty-sounding.
Make Me Lose Control - Generic '80's rock/pop, nice enough of its type but a bit too smooth/bland for these ears.
Almost Paradise - That keyboard sound again The song also sounds typical of that era and very much "soundtrack" material. Not doing much for me.
That's Rock'n'Roll - Brings ELO very much to mind as it kicks off, something like Showdown. The intro is a bit too long, get on with it, Eric! He's in good voice when he does get around to it though. Nice enough song, not earth shattering but definitely better than Almost Paradise.
She Remembered - This is the kind of song I usually expect to hear from Eric, a bit soppy and with over-the-top production. I reckon he could probably turn out songs like this at the drop of a hat - for me it's not nearly as good as All By Myself but I'm sure fans of the genre would love it.
Never Gonna Fall In Love - Erm...no. So sugary it's making my teeth ache.
Sunrise - The intro doesn't really have much to do with the song, wonder why it was bolted on? The song is very Beach Boys-alike, but that means it's catchy and cheerful so it's a pleasant listen. I like the way it takes off at the end too, nodding along quite happily to this.
The more I saw and heard of Eric here, the more he reminded me of Mika, he looks a bit like him for a start and he's plainly pretty talented if you're into his style of pop music. For me though Mika is the winner - his lyrics are better, he has more of a sense of humour and doesn't appear to take himself nearly as seriously. I'm glad I had the chance to hear a bit more of Eric's stuff though, thanks for sharing Platypus
Last Edit: Sept 3, 2016 21:42:25 GMT by unomusette
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Post by queenofthehours on Sept 16, 2016 15:50:40 GMT
1. All By Myself - I know this, I like it a lot. Along with the similar sounding Nilsson track 'Without You' the radio can't play this enough. Based on Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto number 2 apparently, aka the Brief Encounter theme tune.
2. Hungry Eyes - I knew this one but didn’t think Eric'd done it. I thought someone totally different had, someone like Hall and Oats, not that I know their work. A great pop song. One of those random ones you sing in the supermarket.
3. Make Me Lose Control - I don't know this, it's good but not as immediate. I could listen to this thought, I wouldn't turn off the radio. Maybe it sounds a bit Balance of Power? But without the magic ingredients.
4. Almost Paradise - Getting dangerously close to the kind of 80s music I don’t like . This pases, just!
5. That's Rock'n'Roll - I like this one but it might benefit for being live. A good tune, I don't know what it reminds me of.
6. She Remembered - Perfectly pleasant. One of the best sounding, I like it.
7. Never Gonna Fall In Love - Another based on Rachmaninov, Eric really likes him! Not sure if I'm happy with what he’s done with it or not as I love Sergei and that symphony in particular. Jaunty, anyhow.
8. Sunrise - Sounds a bit at the start like 'Secret Messages' or something. Not a bad rack, Eric really likes that piano stuff. Nice guitar.
I really enjoyed finding out about Eric Carmen, I didn't know many of songs before.
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