Released: November 1971
Chart Peak: #30
Weeks Charted: 31
Certified Gold: 9/5/73
A year ago, who really knew who Carly Simon was? Only her friends and those who remembered when she and sister Lucy used to play as The Simon Sisters. But an album and a hit single changed matters nicely for Carly -- to the point where her second LP was eagerly awaited. Titled Anticipation and encased in a jacket with a splendiferous photo of Miss Simon, it more than fulfills the hopes and promises which sprang to birth after her first set.
Cat Stevens' producer, Paul Samwell-Smith, has helped Carly Simon put together a lovely package of original material written with Jacob Brackman. The title cut "Anticipation" could make a great single. FM programmers will pick up on "The Girl You Think You See." Sales reaction should be immediate.
- Billboard, 1972.
Carly Simon's second album found her extending the gutsy persona she had established on her debut album, notably on the title track, "Legend In Your Own Time" (both of them hit singles), and "I've Got To Have You." The last especially suggested a frankly passionate person whose vulnerability was a source of strength, not weakness, a valuable feminist trait and one Simon would pursue in her later work. * * *
- William Ruhlmann, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
Anticipation is not as varied and lacks the instrumental depth of Simon's debut, but her vocals carry the album in an increasingly confident and at times confidential manner. * * * 1/2
- Patrick McCarty, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.
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