Carly Simon

Playing Possum

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Though it reached the Top Ten on career momentum, Carly Simon's fifth album, Playing Possum, marked a creative downturn. The burst of autobiographical songwriting that had taken her from her early twenties into married life seemed to have run out, as she sang generic love songs, while Richard Perry's production gave everything an anonymous pop veneer. "Attitude Dancing" made the Top 40, and "Waterfall" and "More and More" charted, but Playing Possum was the album of an artist treading water, unsure of her next step. ~ William Ruhlmann

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