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Starlight

Joan Armatrading Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hypertension
  • ASIN: B007AEX0LU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Tell Me 4:520.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Always On My Mind 3:490.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Summer Kisses 3:560.79  Buy MP3 


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Re-release at mid price 'Starlight' is a jazz flavoured CD to compliment her two previous CDs, the blues influenced Into The Blues (2007) and This Charming Life (2010) which was firmly rooted in the rock/pop genre. Starlight is a collection of ten new compositions that will see Joan mix her love of jazz with her prowess as a singer, guitarist and songwriter, producing an album that is both commercial yet also contemporary. Three times Grammy nominated British singer songwriter Joan Armatrading is the first female UK artist to have debuted at number one in the Billboard Blues charts. She is also the first female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category. Joan is one of the UK's leading female singer songwriters who has stood the test of time with highly acclaimed songs such as Love And Affection, Willow, Drop The Pilot, The Weakness in Me, Me Myself I, Into The Blues, This Charming Life and now she releases her finest work to date. Joan is back with an album that will appeal to fans old and new. A consummate performer, Joan Armatrading is indeed the whole package, an excellent song writer, a powerful vocalist and as a guitarist, she is certainly one of the best players in the world.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan moves eloquently onward... 8 Jun 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I've just seen Joan Armatrading 'Live', this very evening, as part of Salisbury's Art Festival. She diplomatically pointed out to us the songs that were on this new album "Starlight" before she and her excellent band played them. As an on/off fan of hers for decades, with many of her albums still on old LPs, how could I resist a copy of this light, fresh and enjoyable album, that she was signing?

I still enjoy the old material best; I told Joan that her playing "The Weakness In Me" this evening still sent tingles down me and she admitted that it still was a favourite of hers.

But, moving back from the tangent I've just taken, Joan sensibly and subtly moves her musical goalposts, as seen by the excellent Into the Blues album, the last CD I bought before this one. As I'm sure you know by now, Starlight is more jazz biased, reminding us that here is a lady who can still balladeer, rock, sing as soulfully as a dancing snowflake, yet that voice of hers can reverberate right through to the core. She does this all with cheer, humility and passion, yet is still committed enough to play the smaller venues (the concert was more than sold out...)

What we often forget is that Joan is also an extremely gifted and formidable guitarist - she had at least five different guitars that she played for the different songs and styles. There is less guitar work on Starlight, though 'Tell Me' does feature some, along with smart, flitting percussion, acoustic bass and tinkling jazz piano.

I know that Starlight will be an album that I will be playing many times and it will sound better each time. It doesn't aim to be a commercial album, so there are no catchy choruses or instrumental hooks to earworm their way into one's mind. They're like Joan herself; accessible, mellow, sophisticated and really rather delightful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More than just a flavour of jazz 21 Jun 2012
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Joan describes this CD as jazz flavoured but I have to say it verges on being a pure jazz offering. This is the third in a trilogy, her previous two albums covering the blues and rock genres. They are both excellent pieces of work, her rock album 'This Charming Life' being a real favourite of mine. Unfortunately 'Starlight' doesn't really work for me. It is all a bit too quirky and, somehow, while her lyrics seem to suit her blues and rock styles, when put into a jazz setting they just seem a bit naff and laboured. There is no doubt this album is very inventive but for me it is a bit hard work to listen to. I don't like my music to be totally predictable but I find this album too unpredictable.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff 29 May 2012
By I. H. C. Mellor VINE VOICE
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I have enjoyed Joan Armatrading's music since she launched her career in the 70s. Her style has been consistent but she has always managed to come up with new, fresh ideas. Each album is quite unique and this one is no exception. The amazing thing is that Joan plays all the instruments as well as all the vocals. She must have been very busy. Having seen her live and even met her, I can say that her music is so exciting and whether it be live or recorded there is a vibrancy and feeling in her music. This album is quite different to her previous album, more of a 'blues' feel to it. Lots of great lyrics and cleverly constructed songs makes this a must for any JA fan. The title track 'Starlight' is lovely. I was very fortunate to have heard the songs off this album performed live so beautifully the day before the album was released, it is a great album, the album arrived dutifully on the day of release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starlight review 5 Nov 2012
By Ger
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Powerful album. really enjoyed it. I saw Joan Armatrading recently in the University Concert hall in Limerick. She was really amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Influenced Joan 13 Oct 2012
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The album I heard when Joan appeared on a BBC Radio programme and so the music was good but made so much better by the artist's personal contribution to the creativity. Did I really want a CD no so the mp3 download not only provides the desired product but in no time at all. OK so the quality could be better if it was to be the promise of the pure tones of the original recording but then we can't always get what we really, really want.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starlight 3 Jun 2012
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This is another lovely album from Joan Armatrading. This album is very much in the jazz style as opposed to the more traditional Joan heard on the last album 'This Life' and the wonderful blues of 'Into The Blues'. Some of these songs are not immediate and are certainly not in the 'pop' style of 'Drop The Pilot' or 'Me Myself I' but if this album takes a few listens to truly get 'into ' it , the journey is well worth it when you get there. The single and title track 'Starlight' is a beautiful track as is opener 'Single Life'. All in all a lovely collection from a singer/somgwriter who never disappoints and who has set such a high standard of recording over forty years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different 11 April 2014
By JC
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If you like Blues then it may be a bit disappointing...The first track Single Life is superb, but more like the original Joan Armatrading, whom I have admired since her first album. Just felt that some of the other tracks, whilst definitely in the blues style, were a bit confused and maybe a bit repetitive. Having said that, it is Joan Armatrading and I am a huge fan and there is no denying her extraordinary musical talent. Would I buy it again if it wore out...not sure.
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Joan always lives upto expectations............... not more that I can add. Apart from having a desire to get more back copies of Joan Armatrading. I seemed to have overlooked Joan Armatrading over the past couple of years, will have to make up for lost time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem from Joan
This is a great album Joan's voice has matured over the years but sounds amazing on this album, this style of singing suits her voice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tamthebam
4.0 out of 5 stars Best for some time.
I'm really enjoying listening to this jazz enthused album which is full of energy. Joan is in fine voice on all of the tracks. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DaveM
4.0 out of 5 stars Joan just keeps on
As a long time fan of Joan's music, Starlight was a must have. And as with all of Joan's music the more I listen to it the more I like it.
Published 6 months ago by Jane Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime : some people (Joan, in this case) can get so good it hurts...
When you follow an artist for a long time (in this case since 1981 (thank you Maureen Creaney for introducing me to Joan Armatrading)), you travel with them through their great... Read more
Published 14 months ago by William Dennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Armatrading
Must be one of the most UNDER RATED musician around, fabulous guitarist and vocals.

Would Recommend both CD and to See Live
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad to say
We have been fans of Joan for many years. We recently went to see her in concert, promoting this album. It's been a while since we saw her and, truly, we were so disappointed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A.Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible jazzy return to form
I have been a fan of Joan Armatrading's from having tingles down the spine from when first hearing the classic Love and Affection , and I bought a succession of her mainstream... Read more
Published 21 months ago by belvoirman
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