by Carole King (1971)
Carole King’s Tapestry is the aural equivalent of being wrapped up in an afghan blanket on a cold night – or mom hugs when you’re a kid; it’s just so cozy and comforting. Filled to the brim with recognizable hits like I Feel the Earth Move (which I remember vividly playing at a Children’s museum that had a room simulating an earthquake), So Far Away, and my favorite, It’s Too Late, as well as covers of songs that she originally wrote but became hits for other acts like Will You Love Me Tomorrow, You’ve Got a Friend, and You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman.
It’s little wonder that this was such a wildly popular record (spending 15 weeks at number one, which is the longest time for an album by a woman to occupy that position). It’s a simple pleasure that feels as relevant as ever with its hazy kitty cat cover photo and its simple, unadorned production.