Although I was right into 'Made In America', as a teenager, when it was released, I didn't think that including 'Strength of a Woman' seemed like a genuine move. The message in the song that someone would put up with their partner playing the field and would then love them all the more seemed like an obvious grab at trying to appear less conservative, rather than something that The Carpenters would believe in, (from what I knew of them). The message in that song somehow bothers me more now than it did then. I got the same impression from the explicit messages behind a number of Karen's solo songs. From what I know of her, that's not a lifestyle that she was honestly into. Therefore, to me, she doesn't come across as genuine. But this has all been argued before on this site. I think a lot of Karen's background vocals on her solo album sound great. However, most of the lead vocals lack something, In my opinion. She actually sounds like somebody who is not well enough to put the energy needed into her performance.