Continuing the downward trend in the state of the Carpenters' music, A Kind of Hush is a mellow and somewhat lethargic collection of mostly unremarkable songs. It was the first album since Offering to fail to make the top 30 in the U.S., and it was also the first album not to generate a top 10 single since Offering (although "There's a Kind of Hush" reached #12).
This is not to say that there aren't any good songs on this album. "I Need to Be In Love" is one of Karen's most powerful performances, and "You" is one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded by the Carpenters.
On the other side, there are several lackluster tracks on this album (Can't Smile Without You" and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" sounding particularly uninspired), and one downright loser ("Goofus," which was the Carpenters' lowest-charting single to date).
One of the best things this album had going for it was its packaging, most of which has been unfortunately lost in the translation to CD. The front and back covers are quite stunning, the inner sleeve is just as beautiful. The labels on the record itself are a smaller version of the back cover of the album, and even the INSIDE of the jacket is printed with the Carpenters' logo!
One of the other songs that were recorded at the time, but not included on the album, is "Ordinary Fool." It was released in 1983 on the Voice of the Heart album.
Produced by Richard Carpenter
Associate Producer Karen Carpenter
"There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)" / "(I'm Caught Between) Goodbye And I Love You" #12
"I Need To Be In Love" / "Sandy" #25
"Goofus" / "Boat To Sail" #56
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