Carly Simon (album)

Carly Simon
Studio album by Carly Simon
Released 9 February 1971
Recorded 1970–1971
Studio Electric Lady Studios, New York City
Genre Folk, rock
Length 38:26
Label Elektra
Producer Eddie Kramer
Carly Simon chronology
Carly Simon

Carly Simon is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's self-titled debut/studio album, released in February 1971. The album was released by Elektra Records and produced by Eddie Kramer, who had previously worked with Joe Cocker and Jimi Hendrix.

The album included her first big hit, "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", a somber ballad centered on a woman pondering marriage with a sense of both inevitability and entrapment. Simon wrote the music and her friend and frequent collaborator Jacob Brackman wrote the lyrics.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Robert ChristgauC− [2]
Rolling Stone(positive) [3]
Uncut [4]


Carly Simon was mostly well received by critics when released. Timothy Crouse, writing in Rolling Stone, stated "Carly's voice perfectly matches her material" and her "...superbly controlled voice is complemented by deft arrangements." Robert Christgau was not as pleased. Grading the album a C-, he wrote "I suppose it makes sense not only for the privileged to inflict their sensibilities on us, but for many of us to dig it." In more recent years, William Ruhlmann, writing for Allmusic, gave the album a three and a half star rating out of a possible five, and stated "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" and "Dan, My Fling", were the stand-out tracks.

Simon stated in the Ask Carly section on her website that "Reunions" was her mother's—Andrea Simon—favorite song of hers.


14th Annual Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1972 "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Nominated
Carly Simon Best New Artist Won

Track listing

All songs written by Carly Simon except where indicated.

Side one
  1. "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 4:15
  2. "Alone" – 3:36
  3. "One More Time" – 3:32
  4. "The Best Thing" – 4:14
  5. "Just A Sinner" (Mark "Moogy" Klingman) – 3:10
Side two
  1. "Dan, My Fling" (Jacob Brackman, Freddy Gardner) – 5:28
  2. "Another Door" – 3:16
  3. "Reunions" (Simon; additional music & lyrics by Bill Mernit, Eddie Kramer) – 3:06
  4. "Rolling Down The Hills" – 3:35
  5. "The Love's Still Growing" (Buzzy Linhart) – 4:14



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1971 Pop Albums 30

Album - International

Year Country Position
1971 Australia 55[6]
1971 Canada 17[7]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" Adult Contemporary 6
1971 "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" Pop Singles 10


  1. Ruhlmann, William. Carly Simon at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2007.
  2. Christgau, Robert (August 19, 1971). "Consumer Guide: Carly Simon". The Village Voice. Retrieved 7 November 2011. Also included in "Carly Simon > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  3. Crouse, Timothy (April 1, 1971). "Carly Simon > Album Review". Rolling Stone (79). Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  4. "Carly Simon Carly Simon > Review". Uncut. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  5. David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Retrieved 2015-01-04.

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