I, too, think that ‘Because We Are in Love’ has a wonderful, warm vocal. Karen manages the highs and lows marvellously. This song demonstrates the extent of her vocal ability. The choir has never bothered me on this arrangement.Because We Are In Love has those highs and lows of Karen's vocals weaving throughout.
I believe had the choir had been toned down a bit I would like the song even more than I do.
Of course, my opinion of these songs is based primarily on Karen's vocal nuances,
she is simply exhibiting fine vocal prowess on these two songs (imho).
I haven’t listened to ‘Strength of a Woman’ for many a year but my perception of it is that it doesn’t have a particularly great vocal from Karen. I’ve always thought her voice sounds a bit thin on this one. The song, and her performance, doesn’t really illustrate the strength of a woman.
‘When You’ve Got What It Takes’, however, is another great, warm performance by Karen. While I recognise that the lyrics aren’t the most imaginative ever written, (in that the song is a love song and love songs almost always use oft-recycled phrases and rhymes), I really like them and enjoy the ‘story’ of the song. I’ve never minded the length of this recording.
As well as the two songs mentioned, the other favourites from the album for me are ‘Those Good Old Dreams’, ‘Somebody’s Been Lying’, ‘I Believe You’ and ‘When You’ve Got What it Takes’...and ‘Touch Me When We’re Dancing’ is OK.