The Carpenters were always different. In a world of glitter, glam, prog, rock and myriad styles of music they followed their own musical mantra, one where harmony, love of the old songs and melody reigned supreme. Yet theirs was no bland pop, not formulaic nor predictable, they produced some of the most inventive pop during their 14-year career. The Carpenters recorded 11 albums, released 31 singles, and toured the world with drummer/vocalist Karen beguiling audiences with her beautiful voice and Richard wowing the public with his keyboard skills and arranging abilities.
In 1989 Richard issued Lovelines, an album of unreleased studio recordings that he and Karen had worked on together as well as a smattering of tracks from her, as then, unreleased solo album. Highlights come in the form of "Where Do I Go from Here," a song from a Barry Manilow album a decade earlier, the Nat King Cole classic, "When I Fall In Love," and "The Uninvited Guest" and "Kiss Me the Way You Did Last Night" - both outtakes from Made In America. However, the best of the bunch may be Karen's sublime performance on "You're The One."