In a sense the piece is playing possum
, drawing you close and directing your attention mostly downward, away from the surrounding context, in order to reveal itself slowly.
An essential new chapter in the Carly Simon canon, Moonlight Serenade has become one of the artist's three highest-charting albums to-date -- following No Secrets (#1, 1973) and Hotcakes (#3, 1974) -- and joins Playing Possum
(#10, 1975) and Boys In The Trees (#10, 1978) as one of her five Top 10 successes.
The pair has gone on to enjoy a creative partnership which has lasted over the decades, notably producing Carly's hit albums Hotcakes (1974) and Playing Possum