Nyro wrote a ton of songs that became hits for other people but never received the acclaim she deserved as a performer in her own right. I own only this one album and it’s a knockout.
Nyro has a knack for writing 4-minute songs that feel more like 45 minutes. I mean that in both a good and bad way. She is a master of shifts in both tone and time signature, throwing left-field change-ups into every song, which certainly makes for interesting listening, though it can also be a bit exhausting. This certainly isn’t Sunday morning chill-out music.
I’d never heard of Laura Nyro until about a year ago. She’s another of those influential and mega-talented artists who faded into obscurity because they never achieved much commercial popularity. Some of her songs were big hits, but always for other people.
It seems Nyro was something of a savant when it came to songwriting. She was just 20 years old when she released Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, the groundbreaking album that features this song. She leaped between keys and time signatures within her songs in a way not done very often before or since.