Pure pop. Her voice defied the musical trends at the time they emerged as artists and created a niche in the industry that secured their parallel success. Nothing like Karen Carpenter’s voice.
A colleague in the business recounts in this documentary: Karen and I went to a restaurant in Los Angeles and we were walking out having had dinner and John Lennon was walking in. And as he drew up to us, he stopped and just looked at her and said, “I just wanna tell you, love, that I think you’ve got a fabulous voice,” and just walked on…”