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The Carpenters: Now And Then

Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, July 1973

YOU CAN'T DEPEND on anybody these days. Once you make your mind up about some group or other, they change their act or audience response shifts, and you find yourself reviving your original opinions all over the place. I've heard the Osmonds and the Carpenters for as long as I can remember, and wouldn't you know it; in these very pages only a month or so ago, the guys and me were prognosticating the resurgence of hot rods, hodads and summer consciousness, and come June who should sneak up and wack me upside the head with my own words but Karen & Richard! (The Osmonds weren't far behind; 'Goin' Home' is the best Slade single since Crazee.)

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