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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000091PAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By not_a_real_folkie VINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
There's probably no such thing as a duff Joan Armatrading vocal... I'm sure she even snores soulfully and in tune. The songs on this album are actually quite good, and she sings like an angel, but the whole project is very much of its time i.e. BIG drum sounds and every song has a Pino Palladino fretless bass break, to the point where it unfortunately almost becomes a sniggering cue. This is a tremendous shame when the lyrics are good and the basic songs are strong.

The exception to the standard pattern of the album is the excellent single "Love by You" which is stripped-down and features a very sensitive piano accompaniment by Joe Jackson.

Joan's next album "Sleight of Hand" had more brittle production and dropped the fretless bass predictability, but it wasn't until "The Shouting Stage" in 1988 that Joan got back on top of her game in her choice of backing musicians to match the strength of her songs.
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Although not Joan's best album, it was the first of hers I bought, when it came out, and I've got a sneaking fondness for it. It's true that it's got that slightly irritating 80s synth feel, and I too have never been a huge fan of that fretless bass sound. But there's also some nice brass and piano touches in the mix, especially on 'Talking To The Wall' and 'Love By You', and the songs, while not remarkable, hold up pretty well. Joan Armatrading is genuine and unpretentious, and she could certainly teach a thing or two to some of the arrivistes of the time, even though she is a little past her prime here. Glad the CD is available again, I look forward to giving it a spin.
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By Bill Hendricksen on 1 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a haunting album. The lyrics depict of a relationship gone wrong. The instruments breathe so much emotion and melody
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This one did it for me.... 6 April 2003
By J. Bilby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This out of print (excellent collection) came out right
as MTV was hitting its stride during the middle 80's and people got
to see the electric Joan Armatrading really emerging. I think A&M records
were really hoping to break Joan out to a larger market. Her much respected music
style, similar to thes likes of Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt to name a few
of my favorites with similar appeal had a hard time finding any kind of
niche for themselves during this period in music. Lets face
it music was not responding to love songs (cold period in music). Joan's song "Temptation" came pretty
close through the video age to transport Joan out of her
cult following. She went on over the next several years producing herself and exploring new music but she has always
come back to the basic guitar/paino approach which in my opinion
is her greatest strength. Great collection of under appreciated
rock music with her trademark great songwriting. Hopefully one of these
days they will re-release a remastered SECRETS SECRETS.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Power and Energy 6 Aug. 2005
By Mary Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been waiting for this album to come out on CD and it seems as though it will be a long wait. I love the rest of Armatradings work--a combination of energy and mellowness-- but Secrets, Secrets, was a welcome surprise. I saw her sing this particular selection of songs in concert at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis and it was a performance that left my heart pounding and the audience rockin'. I bought the album the next day. I was very surprised to learn that Secrets, Secrets , did not do well at the time of its release. I think if they released it now in CD form, this would SELL.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bring this one back 6 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wish this album would be re-released. The sound may be a bit dated, but the songs are great. It's one of those albums that hooks you right from the start, and keeps you listening all the way to the finish. "Temptation" is certainly one of Joan's catchiest compositions. An album you'll listen to again and again.
Good album 30 Nov. 2014
By musicfan - Published on Amazon.com
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This album definitely sounds like the year it was released, 1985. That's a good thing for 80s fans like me, but the album is lacking any major hooks or singles. I don't think it would be a favorite for non-fans or casual fans. But I recommend trying it if you are getting into Joan's music beyond a greatest hits collection.

I like Joan's style of music and singing, and that mainly keeps me interested in this album. I'm not sure I'd like the album very much if it was by an artist I don't like. It doesn't have any very memorable songs on it except for the single "Temptation". It's the kind of album I enjoy listening to while it's on, but later I can't recall any of the melodies or anything from the songs. Yet I like it anyway which is why I'm rating it 4 stars. The songs are good, just lacking a certain catchiness I normally like. My favorites are "Temptation" and "Moves". which are the catchiest songs. But they are all worth a listen.

Recommended if you enjoy Joan's other 80s music.
Fantastic album -received quickly 12 Feb. 2013
By Todd Schacherl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of my all time favorite albums. Joan sings her butt off. The bass playing is exceptional with Pino Paladino.
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