February 27, 2009
Carole King | “Way Over Yonder”
ART OF SONG
“Way Over Yonder”
1971 | Sony BMG
Carole King is widely considered one of the most influential folk-rock musicians, having written a number of ubiquitous classics over her career, including “Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got A Friend.” On her album Tapestry, on which these hits appear, the lesser-known, but equally beautiful track “Way Over Yonder” further illustrates King’s prowess.
King’s sound is an amalgam of rustic grace and gilded grit, drawn from her deft piano playing and bold, lovely voice. Like her fellow female peers Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins, she harnesses her talent in a spirit of sincerity and truthfulness that certifies her individuality. “Way Over Yonder” displays a particularly strong touch of gospel-influenced melody and lyrics. Ruminative and redemptive in scope, it underscores the soulful power of King’s oeuvre.
by Alicia Dreilinger