TRACY CHAPMAN – Spine-Tingling And Plainspoken Vox Released Her Soul-Stirring Debut LP 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

4 April 2018

ARTIST: TRACY CHAPMAN

ALBUM: Self-titled debut LP

RELEASED: 5 April 1988 – 30 years ago

ALL MUSIC/STEPHEN ERLEWINE wrote: “Tracy Chapman’s eponymous debut album became one of the key records of the Bush era, providing a touchstone for the entire PC movement while reviving the singer/songwriter tradition. Chapman’s songs are clearly a result of the Reagan revolution. Even the love songs and laments are underscored by a realized vision of trickle-down modern life. Listen to the lyrical details of ‘Fast Car’ for proof. Chapman’s impassioned liberal activism and emotional resonance enlivens her music, breathing life into her songs. The juxtaposition of contemporary themes and classic production precisely is what makes the album distinctive, it brings the traditions into the present. Chapman’s writing is so keenly observed and her strong, gutsy singing makes each song sound intimate and immediate.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Honest, captivating, brave, passionate, outspoken
and compelling songwriting by a wonderful voice…

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Fast Car / Baby Can I Hold You / Talkin’ About A Revolution…

* FAST CAR – magical live version…

* BABY CAN I HOLD YOU – melancholia at its very best…

* TALKIN’ BOUT A REVOLUTION – 1988 all over again today…

Album in full

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TRACY CHAPMAN: Facebook – Discography


For heart and soul

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