I love the Rod Temperton vocal arrangements on Karen's solo album. I agree with most everyone that perhaps nothing released at that juncture in time would have sold..... (otherwise, the powers-that-be would have rushed to a "standards songs"-type album. After all, Music Music Music was a bomb in the ratings, and look how beautiful that song material was !). As for hurting her "image".....how do you go down from zero ? The Carpenters already were suffering due to "image," so (as with Phil Ramone's sentiments) I do not see where the solo album would have affected "the image" one way or the other.