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A beautiful debut,
By A Customer
This review is from: Tracy Chapman (Audio CD)
this album is rare for that period of the eighties, in that it does not sound dated. chapman stays away from synths and opts for a more back to basics approach, with acoustic guitars shimmering behind her soulful voice. However very little warmth eminates from beneath her narratives, and the subject matter is bleak but relevant. "Fast Car"'s sweet melody belies its struggle for a better life, and "talkin bout a revolution" is as real a call to arms as anything written in the sixties. Most of the songs on this album are instantly familiar, as she blends cultures and styles seamlessly. Fifteen years later, this has remained her greatest truimph, not to say her later work was substandard (which it wasn't), but it would be hard for the artist to rise above this peak. Ultimately Chapman makes melody sound so easy and gives us something to identify with whatever our mood and even the "Boyzone" cover could not make "Baby can I hold you" sound like a feable hit.