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  • Audio CD (27 April 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002H9V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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After an attention-getting debut (courtesy of the 1988 single "Fast Car"), things seemed to go quiet for Tracy Chapman, who found her style of earnest, issue-driven folk radically at odds with the commercial mainstream; she was portrayed as humourless, even sanctimonious. Nevertheless, she continued to make albums, and these--while never exactly setting the charts alight--nonetheless yielded their own, quiet pleasures. Matters of the Heart was her third full-length release, and seemed appropriately-titled, since it found Chapman moving away from social reportage (though "Bang Bang Bang" makes an eloquent plea for gun control), toward more personal themes. "Open Arms" and "The Love That You Had" are more intensely emotive than anything she'd recorded to date, while the title track is tinged with a sense of wistful melancholy. As ever, though, her greatest asset is that honeyed murmur of a voice, capable of investing even the most simple utterance with a gravity and wisdom all its own. --Andrew McGuire

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Format: Audio CD
I recently had a disagreement with my brother over which of Ms. Chapman's albums was the best. I had been listening to her 'Matters of the Heart' album a lot, and felt this was a sensational effort. My brother, of course pointed out that generally 'Fast Car' is considered her finest. I thought this unlikely so set about listening to both to compare. It's true Fast Car has an edge and raw quality, with several extraordinary tracks, but contains some weaker numbers which detract from the whole. Nevertheless, I absolutely adore it - how could it be otherwise?
Matters of the Heart is curiosly overlooked by many of her critics. I cannot for the life of me understand why. Artists do not exist in a vacuum and must be allowed to grow. For me this is what this particular album represents. It's less of the angry adolescent raging against the world; rather a maturer, more considered voice of uncertainty, which offers meaningful observations, but few, if any, answers. It's better this way - who could stand to be indoctrinated from someone who claimed to have all the answers? - here we have a more uniformly high standard throughout each song, and a feeling that each song is very much getting under our skin, making us think that bit harder about life and ourselves. I, of course, have favourite tracks, but refuse to fall into that trap. Listen to the whole album several times over and see if you are not somehow changed by the experience.
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This is yet another masterpiece from one of the most fantastic artists I have discovered in my relatively short life...

The opening song 'Bang Bang Bang' I first heard on her faultless 'collection' album, and it's a fantastic way to start the album. Then it moves on to 'So', which is yet another thought-provoking song like so many of Tracy songs are - the theirs 'I Used to Be a Sailor', this is sad yet beautiful song and shows us that she's such a master storyteller!

'The Love That You Had' really shows of her voice at it's best with yet more beautiful lyrics, 'If These Are the Things' is so unmistakebly Tracy like all her recordings are, it moves on nicely to a more upbeat effort from Tracy. 'Short Supply' is just as breath takingas any of her material.

As you come to the last three tracks you'd expect them to become medocre, but if anything they become better - which seems immpossible due to the earlier quality. 'Dreaming on a World' is a wishful song about world peace and how relevent it is in todays world, it just shows how far ahead of her time she really was. I first heard 'Open Arms' on her 'Collection' album and it is amoung my favourate Tracy recordings, it have yet to become tired of it and probably never will. 'Matters of the Heart' is an epic in all respects and is a great way to finish an unbelievable album.

Tracy Chapman has become my favourate artist ever, and this album gives me a reason to love her more. It's a real shame that this album is largly over-looked by people who buy her albums its a superb album!
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Followed her since 'Fast Car', which if I recall was about the same time as Womack & Womack. Her lyrics fire straight into the heart of all social and personal problems. A beautiful soft voice which is always true, never wanders from the melody. As she has got older she has got better.
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Tracy Chapman never lets you down. I personally think she is one of the greatest song writers ever. This album is as beautiful as all of her others, if you love Tracy you won't be disappointed.
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HI,
I loved this album and think it to be one of her best with great lyrics and soulful renditions.Her style reminds me alot of Joan Armatrading in her heyday with ability to make people care for those who she is singing about .I never understood how Tracey broke into the big time and never stayed there with such great talent and song writing.I will be buying more of any thing she has or will produce.Great thumbs up!!
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After a fantastic debut album in the form of Tracy Chapman the self titled album, all of her subsequent records seem to have remained distinctly mediocre. Unfortunately, this album is one of them. Not that a mediocre Tracy Chapman album is anything to sniff at, but there is the expectation that there is more to come, then the album suddenly stops. From Bang bang bang onwards, the tone is set. Heavy guitar influences in the form of basic acoustic sounds, averagely written lyrics to that strong and powerful voice is what Tracy Chapman does well. Unforetunately, so do a lot of people. My advice is to start of with Tracy's first album, then her last (Telling Storis). If you like them, then complete your collection with the three studio albums in between, possibly ending with this as the last.
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I enjoyed listing to this albulm and rate it as good as her first album, the listing was as described so the fact that I had to pay more than I normally pay for an albulm I accepted. The album was as new.
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This disk is superb. It is Tracy Chapman at her very best. The disk itself is in very good condition and the delivery was fast and without any problems. I am well pleased with this item and the transaction was first class.
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