It Was so Easy
Popularized by the No. 1 hit "You're So Vain," Carly Simon's third album is a career highlight. Simon matches her confessional singer-songwriter vibe with bright soft rock underpinned by girl-group pop. While "You're So Vain" contains plenty of bile, the majority of this set is more upbeat than her previous material. Still, Simon excels at turning torturous emotions into melodic sing-alongs, and her gift for melody carries her thin voice through. Beyond the era-defining music, the coltish cover shot was cherished by schoolboys, and Simon's style was copied by girls for the rest of the '70s.