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If I Were a Carpenter (tribute album)

If I Were a Carpenter is a 1994 tribute album to The Carpenters. It features alternative rock bands covering the songs of Richard and Karen Carpenter.

If I Were a Carpenter
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Compilation album by
Various Artists
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1994 (1994-09-13)
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerMatt Wallace & Dave Konjoyan
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]


The cover is a cartoon-like drawing of Richard and Karen Carpenter listening to an LP album against an orange background. Richard Carpenter has said that he doesn't "care for" the version of "Superstar" by Sonic Youth.[5]

The album was the brainchild of Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Replacements, Faith No More) and David Konjoyan.

Track listingEdit