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Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman

1988

Tracy Chapman

Album Summary

Tracy Chapman is the debut album by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, released on April 5, 1988, by Elektra Records. The album was recorded at the Powertrax studio in Hollywood, California. In 1987, Chapman was discovered by fellow Tufts University student Brian Koppelman. He offered to show her work to his father, who owned a successful publishing company; however, she did not consider the offer to be serious. After multiple performances, however, Koppelman found a demo tape of her singing her single "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", which he promoted to radio stations, and she was eventually signed to Elektra Records. In early attempts to produce the first album, many producers turned down Chapman as they did not favor her musical direction. David Kershenbaum, however, decided to produce it as he wanted to record an acoustic music album. It was recorded in Hollywood, California, in eight weeks. Most of the writing is based on political and social causes. Tracy Chapman gained critical acclaim from a wide majority of music critics, praising the simplicity, Chapman's vocal ability and her political and social lyrical content. The album received commercial success in most of the countries it was released, making it to the top of the charts in many countries, including Austria, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. It peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with sales exceeding over six million copies in the United States alone. Three singles were released from the album, with the most commercially successful single being "Fast Car". The song was performed at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute. It rose to the top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also did well in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and other European countries. Tracy Chapman is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

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Rating

3.72

Votes

4972

Genres

  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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This album broke my heart. Tracy has a strong, unique voice, and a gift for storytelling. The problem is, the stories she weaves are often about people experiencing domestic violence and poverty. I spend my days talking to murderers, pedophiles, people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty, and domestic violence sufferers; when I punch out at the end of the day and throw on some jams, I want something that helps me escape the real world for awhile, not give me poignant reminders of its ugliness (to be fair, it wasn't all doom and gloom, and there were healthy doses of hope as well in the lyrics). All that being said, these stories do need to be told, and Tracy tells them brilliantly. Music isn't just about escapism, it is often about activism and speaking truth to power as well. This album is brims with that energy, and its value can't be overstated. My personal enjoyment: 2.5/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5

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Et vas-y que je raconte ma vie nianiania que j'ai parlé à des meurtriers et des pédophiles nianiania, mais qu'est-ce qu'il faut pas lire...

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Le grand problème de cet album se trouve dans le très célèbre titre Fast Car, et je vais vous expliquer pourquoi. Vous êtes desormais très familiers de mon camarade d'écoute robcuillère, célèbre pour ses reviews d'albums absolument desastreuse. En plus d'être un piètre critique musical, un menteur, et un plus mauvais amant que moi, rob a une autre tare: il est un piètre musicien. En effet, il fut un temps ou rob se pensait devenir le nouveau James Arthur, jouant de sa gratte pour séduire les femmes. Vous l'aurez deviné, la qualité de sa musique était evidemment désastreuse, et comme tous les piètres guitaristes, rob s'amusait à interpéter Fast Car. Je ne peux desormais plus apprecier ce titre, qui me rapelle a quel point rob nous cassait tous les oreilles. Je vais tâcher de me procurer des enregistrements de rob pour étayer mes propos.

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5

This was a really challenging record for me, as I had never heard anything from this record beyond "Fast Cars". I expected Chapman's lyrics to be more autobiographical, but surprisingly, Chapman is more of an observer. She is able to describe the injustices and systematic racism she's witnessed in such a digestible and beautiful fashion. I bet artists like Lauryn Hill and Fiona Apple listened to the Chapman growing up. Fav Tracks: "Behind The Wall", "For You" and "Fast Cars" Rating 4.5/5

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5

Fuck. I have loved this album since I first listened to it shortly after its release in 1988. But I haven't listened to the album in the last decade or two. When I saw it pop up here, I was happy to revisit it. Then I started listening. "Talkin' Bout a Revolution" started broke my heart as the lyrics came flooding back before I heard them again. They stabbed my heart as I realized 33 years have passed and there was no revolution. Poor people didn't rise up. Economic inequality instead accelerated to ridiculous proportions. And we all watched. As the remaining songs unfold I am devastated. All of them as relevant today as they ever were. The songs on this album say so much so well. They are so much more painful today than in 1988. Then I listened through eyes of hope. Thirty-three years later I listen through eyes of despair. I had no idea... The shadows cast from this album's light in 2021 are so much darker than in 1988. I desperately seek refuge in Tracy Chapman's voice. It's so warm and beautiful as it twists a knife in my soul. This is one of the hardest things I've listened to. Still I wouldn't change a note. I'm at a loss of what, if anything, I can or should do about it. "Look at me losing control Thinking I had a hold But with feelings this strong I'm no longer the master of my emotions. No words to say No words to convey..."

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5

There are songs, and then there’s Fast Car

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5

Truly a gem, Tracy was ahead of her time! These tracks are gorgeous, the emotions are so potent and real. A favorite of mine.

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4

Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman (1985) “One of the [slaves] struck up a song, appearing to make it up to his own pleasure, generally hitting on rhyme, without much attempt at reason … as if the poor, dumb heart, threatened, —poisoned, —took refuge in that inarticulate sanctuary of music, and found there a language in which to breathe its prayer to God. There was a prayer in it, which Simon Legree could not hear.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) I first became acquainted with the music of Tracy Chapman from a mix tape that was put together for me by a treasured friend in the late 1980s to ameliorate the ignorance imposed upon me by my ill-advised flight from commercial popular music. Chapman’s stark, woeful strains evoked a peculiar pain—not of social protest or redemptive lament, but of unadulterated suffering. The genius of this album lies in its fusion of suffering and song. With an exceptionally strong contralto voice, Tracy Chapman sings out from a background of (only) occasionally inventive but non-distracting acoustic compositions. That is, unless she’s delivering an a cappella wail (“Behind the Wall”) about domestic violence that makes you want to defund the police and call a social worker instead. Never mind. The ambulance is here. The opening track “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” is not programmatic protest but an expression of the victims of social evils crying out in pain. It may serve as a warning to those with ears to hear, or soften the hearts of those who may someday be in a position to effect change, but don’t hold your breath. “Finally the tables are starting to turn” is anything but a victory lap. The Revolution is still a whisper. In America, when the poor people “rise up and take what’s theirs”, we just import more poor people. Welfare, unemployment benefits, and The Salvation Army are illusory. Chapman has settled in on the anger and frustration of the poor, laying their case before the cosmos. Who’s listening? Please pay attention to the popular second track “Fast Car”. It is not (as it might seem on a cursory first listen) about the hope of escape. Rather, it’s about the despair of being trapped in the same domestic horror that once bound the lyric protagonist’s mother. The singer’s ‘rescuing’ husband, like her father, has now himself become a drunk, leeching lazily off her, the ‘working mom’. And compare the drunkenness of this leech who “stays out drinking late at the bar” to the drunkenness she once felt in the passenger seat of his ‘fast car’. The fast car that once was a metaphor of deliverance has become a metaphor of rejection—“I’d always hoped for better…so take your fast car and keep on driving.” The theme here is the pain resulting from the vanity of misdirected hope. From such pain potent prayers emerge. Racial barriers are nakedly exposed in “Across the Lines”. There are, in fact, those who would dare to go “across the lines, under the bridge, over the tracks” (and the strategically planned urban segments of the interstate highway system) “that separate the whites from the blacks”, but they’re not in view when “the riots begin on the back streets of America”. Chapman has the fortitude to give explicitness to things that, in Bob Dylan’s phrasing, are “better left unsaid” (“Union Sundown”, Infidels [1983]). Even when she seems to embrace traditional themes of repentance, the rejection of envy, and love (“Baby Can I Hold You”, “Mountains O’ Things”, “For My Lover”, and “For You”), there is a studied equivocation and abandonment of intellect and reason that reveals—you guessed it—pain. Prayer after prayer on this extraordinarily painful record. If one can listen to this entire album without succumbing to moral fatigue, one will have grown. Simon Legree, however, still cannot hear. 4/5

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Had only heard the singles. It kind of surprised me that this came out in 88 as I remember those first two songs on the album being in the atmosphere throughout the 90s and I associate her sound with the 90s. You can definitely hear her influence on alot of what came after. Ahead of it's time in that way and a very unique sound when you think of what else what was going on at the time. Such a clean/pristine/naked/vulnerable sound. I guess sometimes stripping things down can be revolutionary. Kind of an amazing that an album so at odds with the sound of the time and one that was so political was able to be such a smash hit. It gets a little more 80s sounding on "baby can I hold you" and "mountains o things" with those arrangements.

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Secretary rock! Music for secretaries. For those about to take a bubble bath with a glass of Chardonnay before retiring to bed with a Marian Keyes and a Rampant Rabbit, we salute you! Perhaps I should elaborate on what secretary rock denotes. Secretary rock is the genre of genteel singer-songwriters playing mild, offensively inoffensive acoustic numbers on either piano or guitar usually about the desire for love rather than love itself, primarily for a adult female audience pursuing an accessible, usually romantic, occasionally bittersweet and above-all tasteful slab of music to play in the evening; such women may well own copies of Nevermind and OK Computer, but they turned them off when Territorial Pissings and Fitter Happier came on, never to be played again. Remember Dido? Her No Angel (such a secretary rock title) is the paradigm of the secretary rock album. Of course, the term secretary rock comes with slightly unfortunate assumptions about the gender of its fans; that said, prog rock has the same issue inverted. Also, plenty of male acts purposefully make secretary rock: Michael Bublé, David Gray, Jack Johnson and John Jackson. But we should acknowledge that secretary rock is a genre primarily aimed at women. As a broad-shouldered, hairy-chested, hairy-toed sort of chap, secretary rock is not really the genre for me, in the same sense that boy bands aren't marketed towards your thirtysomething straight guy (although more thirtysomething straight guys have a secret fondness for Take That and N-Sync than you think). Tracy Chapman's debut album, Tracy Chapman, is one of the main progenitors of modern secretary rock: no dissonance, very weak eroticism, no vocal or instrumental gymnastics (secretaries may own a Mariah Carey album, but Mariah ain't secretary rock), slightly pompous, an exercise in bourgeois good taste. And there's the problem. It's so beige. It lacks any bite, to the extent that you wonder if it's still alive. Can't secretaries dream bigger? The aspirational cosiness of the album does a disservice to both the creator and the listener. A secretary's reach should exceed her grasp, or what's a Kate Bush for? Actually, I am overlooking the political currents running through the album. Or rather, I don't find much intrigue in them. I have said before that popular music is not where adults should derive their political opinions on, but the protest song is, at its best, one of the great traditions of popular music (how many political classical pieces can you recall? Beethoven's Third?). But Talkin' Bout a Revolution is utterly platitudinous and quite smug. What revolution is Tracy Chapman advocating? I suspect she just means better schools and hospitals (which is obviously not a bad thing to want, but it's hardly the Beveridge Report). For Cthulhu's sake, secretaries are surely cleverer than this? Tracy Chapman is surely cleverer than this? Both can do better. Both know they can do better. Both need to realise that lovemaking is not just the most intimate expression of love a person can experience with another, it's also the most fun a person can delight in with another. It's all lovely to cuddle a lover through the night, but it's even lovelier to explore the delights between the sleights of their thighs. Mr. Rampant Rabbit can hop off.

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5

Very good album. Lots of emotion and every song telling a story. Tracy Chapman has a great voice and great skills as a songwriter.

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5

Behind the wall is chilling and hauntingly beautiful. The use of silence is really fitting.

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5

One of my closest friends loves Chapman, I’ve only ever known her big hit. There’s a particular sound she has that I hear others try to emulate or some close to, but it’s the mixture of a unique voice, laid back music and lyrics that are the most fucking honest and sincere thing I’ve heard. Having a straight vocal track was a cool touch.

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5

My first album where I do not recognize the artist, and after doing some quick research, she sounded like a musician I would love. And I did! Tracy has a beautiful, husky voice, and it goes so well with her genre of music. She is also a talented instrumentalist, as seen in her guitar flourishes here and there. As a huge folk music fan, this album captured my attention immediately upon starting, and I was constantly enamoured with the sound throughout the entire experience. While I may not necessarily relate too much with the subject matter of the lyrics, and I am nowhere near educated enough about the time period to truly understand most of them, they are still extremely impactful, and Tracy is clearly making a statement. She is also a brilliant lyricist, and you can really paint a picture with most of the songs, particularly those with a narrative style of lyricism. The songs that were more concerned with matters of the heart (Fast Car, Baby Can I Hold You, For My Lover, If Not Now..., For You) really tore at my soul...I am a sucker for sad love songs, and Tracy knows me so well apparently lol. In conclusion, this is a lovely debut album that remains timeless in the modern era.

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5

Tracy Chapman as a singer and performer is a delight. Tracy Chapman as a songwriter is a damn national treasure. The fullness of the human condition can be found in this one album and it's heart-achingly beautiful. The world is better for having these songs of love, loss, despair, and hope in it.

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5

Terrific. Chapman's at her best and most authentic with a spare arrangement, just her voice and guitar, maybe some percussion. A couple of tracks seem over orchestrated and overproduced, which unfortunately makes them feel dated. This is still a great album. Lyrics are bleak but vivid, some fine story-telling. Fast Car is on my top-shelf of favorite songs.

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5

Every generation gets the Janis Ian it deserves. With apologies to Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman immediately became Gen X's Janis Ian the moment "Fast Car" was first played on the radio. There was nothing else like it, and soon that song was EVERYWHERE. This album soon followed, and it cut through - and soared above - every trend musically. No one was writing or performing songs like this. It turns out she was discovered by the dude who would one day create and produce the Showtime series Billions, which is just insane. Fast Car is the key track here (Fast Car is a 5). But this album has ten other tracks just as important, which is why this album had no problem reaching the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart during the era of peak George Michael, Def Leppard and Guns N Roses. Turns out folks can relate to songs that talk about the police always arriving too late if they even bother to arrive at all. Somehow Tracy Chapman was both right on time and way ahead of her time.

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4

This is a really good album. Deep, soulful, emotive singing. Politically charged "protest" lyrics, that also sound personal. Toe tapping arrangements and excellent if slightly dated production touches, the songs are great. A classic of its time and If I remember correctly hugely influential in kikcstarting a rebirth of the singer songwriter genre. 4.5 🌟

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3

A very pleasant experience. I thought Tracy Chapman was a white bloke until about 2015

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I just can't do it. Sorry Tracy.. The songs that you passionately crafted all those years ago were hijacked by top 40 radio and stuffed into our ears until our cerebral cortex resonated at the same frequency as your warbly tones. This is what happens when you weaponise folk music. Disarmed by relentless repetition.

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5

Classic Folk very good !

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5

What a wonderful album, fast cars, revolution, why, for my lover, all are so good, very happy to have been introduced to this one

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5

Album espetacular, sugiro ouvir com um grado

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5

What a great album/songs. Even 33 years later, still very much relevant

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5

Very enjoyable

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5

Amazing, heartbreaking album. Interesting to read some reviews that seem to dismiss her experience though.

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5

fast car ftw

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5

Top 10 favorite albums. Need to listen to it more often.

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5

Soulful, empowering. Beautiful voice

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5

FANTASTIC acoustic guitar sounds on this record.

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5

Great storytelling featuring the classic Fast Car and Behind the Wall.

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5

I loved this album in 1988 and I love it now.

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5

I am so touched by this album. Its amazing musically and lyrically. What a great debut. I would love to see how she evolved as an artist after it!

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5

Awesome álbum

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5

Amazing, a grateful surprise! I didn't knew her, even though i know some of her songs.

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5

Very good, singer sounds like Baby Rose a bit

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5

Ideal background music, more songs I knew than expected, revolution one and questions ones were good.

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5

EN ESPAÑOL PORQUE POR FIN SUPE COMO SE LLAMABA ESTA REINA, TE AMO

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5

One of my favorite 🤩

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5

I thought this might be too pop-rock for me to really get into, but Tracy's voice is so sublime and there's so much emotion in the both the topics and the songs themselves I found myself entranced by the end. Favorite song: Across the Lines, For You close second.

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5

Awesome

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5

What a voice!!! Amazing vocals and incredibly emotional lyrics/subjects make this a heartfelt album guaranteed to probably make you sad

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5

I liked the songs I already know and enjoyed the ones I didn't... Chilled but still energetic

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5

An absolute classic. Iconic.

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5

Excited to listen again

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5

Woah. Just wow.

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5

5/5

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5

Impactful and refreshing. Not the last time I'll say "oh, this is the original?"

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5

Beautiful voice. Nice to hear it outside of Fast Car for a change.

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5

Jawel Tracy Chapman met deze parel, wat een stem heeft ze! Zeker een must listen en mag van mij in de classic lijst. Fast car blijft een bop maar mijn favoriet op dit album is Across the lines, een lied dat nog steeds even toepasbaar is op de maatschappij (in usa)

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5

Ik heb hier her gevoel bij dat het een classic is maar dat het die stempel toch niet heeft. Iedereen kent fast car maar de rest is underrated IMO

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5

I remember when I was about 10 I couldn't get enough of Fast Car, always waiting for it to be on the radio. In my late teens my dad was in a folk phase and listening to Tracy Chapman, Elliot Smith, etc. and I listened to this album over and over. Her lyrics are so deep and personal (and political) and so is the way she sings, like you can feel her pain (and sometimes happiness) through the song. Fast Car - \"see my old man's got a problem / he lives with the bottle that's the way it is / says his body's too old for working / his body's too young to look like his\". Across the Lines (a little too on point these days?) - \"Across the lines / who would dare to go / under the bridge, across the tracks / that separates whites from blacks?\" On repeat all day. Back half not quite as good as front half (musically, lyrics still top notch) but still a real solid album. Maybe 4.5 but I'm gonna round up here.

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5

Radio stations overplayed Fast Car to the point I not only got tired of it but the words became a blur. Listening to this album now made me really appreciate Chapman as a storyteller. Talkin Bout a Revolution, Across the Lines and Why are so relevant today. Behind the Wall’s vocal is haunting. As for Fast Car? I listened to it 3 times before writing this review and will be listening to it again and again. Powerful debut album.

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5

Powerful stuff.

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5

Iconic, Righteous, Equal Rights

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5

4,5/5 Nice relaxing songs, all of them good

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5

Biting and Beautiful

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5

Beautiful!

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5

Simple, understated classic songs with amazing lyrics

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5

Such a classic, enjoyed listening again

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5

My memory of this album is that it was good but a little front loaded and to be fair, the first half is incredible, the first five songs might be as good as any five song sequence to start any 80s album. But you know what? The rest of this album is amazing! Fast Car (an all time classic single) and many of the other songs, Behind the Wall and Across the Lines especially, are as prescient as they were in 1988.

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5

This album is extremely enjoyable and the messages in the songs are powerful. The instrumentals and vocals are simple yet incredibly effective

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5

I've been waiting for this one. I remember vividly when this album was released during my college years, and I listened to it constantly, saw her in concert, and still love it to this day. She brought such a great new voice and sound during a time when a lot of airplay was given over to 80s hair metal and synth-pop. This album was released in the early years of Bush I's presidency and we needed a voice like this. Setting aside the important political and cultural context in which this album emerged, musically it is fantastic on its own. She's an incredible writer, lyrically and musically, and her voice can do so much. She's a heck of a guitar player, too. I remember experiencing that in concert when I saw her. So wonderful to hear this again. Thank you.

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5

Amazing voice and simple but powerful lyrics. Bonus points for being just over 35 minutes long. Says what she has to say and leaves. Great album.

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5

Потоясно

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5

Super talented singer. Social activism is present in most if not all her songs.

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5

Dunno why I've never listened to this before.

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5

I enjoy Tracy Chapman's sound and poignant lyrics. I've listened to this album before, but I haven't done a complete listen for a very long time. I have no complaints and could listen again and again.

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5

What an amazing album. It came just at the right time, in the middle of college for me, and I remember how this voice was just the one so many of my friends wanted and needed. I heard it a lot. Much of it is still so relevant and heartbreaking. Her voice and music are intimate and real. "Fast Car" was and is a masterpiece.

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5

Nice and chill album with very meaningful lyrics. Her voice, lyrics and melody mix very well through out the entire album.

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5

A really mellow listen but that’s the only negative I can think of. It’s a bit front-loaded but if you’re gonna front load an album it might as well be with two of the greatest songs of the 90’s Fav tracks: “Fast Car” “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” “Why?”

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5

There are times when you hear an album for the first time, and it fits a piece of your pop culture understanding perfectly. In this case, its the entire 90’s coffee shop folk vibe, I had no idea it came from this one album. Also, I don’t think I had ever heard “Fast Car” prior to today, which is a shame because its an absolute gem.

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5

Fantastic album, starts off strong with "revolution" and onto "fast car" then mellows out a bit. Whole thing is emotional ups and downs. Great lyrics, guitars & singing.

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5

Quoi dire sur cet album ? Un joyaux qu’il ne faut pas ignorer. Un chef d’oeuvre inataignable. 5/5

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5

Amazing album with a lot of songs that I had never heard. It's impressive to me that she can make such serious songs that feel light but real.

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5

Awsple

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5

I have always loved her voice!

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5

Relaxed and homey. This is a mad nostalgic album that makes me feel like it is early Sunday morning.

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5

1988. Tracy arrived on the big stage, sold 6x platinum and got a lot of grammys. She has been successful ever since. Back then she raised awareness of racial injustice like no one else I knew then. She paved the way for a lot of people following in her wake. Think about i.e. Alanis Morissette. I like to listen to that album every now and then.

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5

My family listened to this album on repeat. Nothing beats her delivery, she made me feel her pain even when I was too young to understand why she was in pain. Unfortunately, this album remains relevant.

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5

Clássico!!! Um dos melhores discos da história. Contém a emocionante "Fast Car".

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5

This album has so much soul and heart, I can't put it into words. This opened my eyes to what music is and can be...

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5

Great album. Was nice to have this on while having a bit of a stressful day at work, pretty sure it helped keep my blood pressure at a safe level lol.

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5

: )

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5

Nostalgia hits again, still feels as emotionally powerful as it did back then, difficult for me not give it an instant 5.

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5

Awesome. Fast car.

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5

Very chill music

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5

really enjoyed her voice and the sound of this album. Glad I got to listen!

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5

A pharmacy can’t provide you with anything stronger than this short sharp album. Really liked the acapella track

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5

A masterpiece in my eyes. I love this album

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5

9/10. I really liked this.

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23/03/22

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5

I basically only know Fast Car, but given that it's the best song ever, stoked for this... And so for, so good: Talking About a Revolution and Fast Car are amazing. Across the Lines -- still batting 1.000, this is a great song Behind the Wall -- Tracy Chapman, can you miss, even just once?! Baby Can I Hold You -- the first one that isn't totally great; this one feels a little more generically '80s Mountains O'Things -- kind of a weird one; also an 80s vibe that I shouldn't like, but it actually kind of works for me. She's Got Her Ticket --Also like this one, moreso the longer I listen. Tracy Chapman, you've done it again! Why? -- A weaker one again; but still not too bad For My Lover -- Back on top again. If Not Now , For You -- ok, fell off again a little. Man, I love her voice--and despite some of the excessive 80s-ness, it's a bunch of soulful, heartfelt songs that use hte voice well. Great stuff.

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5

Cool

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Cinični mene bi htio da ovo nije toliko jebeno dobro, ali je. Izvrsno je.

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5

Petica ko kuća.

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5

Love love love love LOVE it! I mean, Fast Car. C'mon people! That song alone makes it a 5-star album. A completely gorgeous album rife with emotional depth and raw spiritual power. Tracy Chapman is an exceptionally talented songwriter and musician. Consider the fact that this album was released in the late 80's when everything else on mainstream radio was superficial pop/rock hair-sprayed within an inch of its life. And this was the record that was finally able to bust through all of that and grab the spotlight?!?! It makes so much sense that this album was a huge smash hit. You can see how desperate people were for something genuine and authentic. Just honest to goodness brilliant and emotional songs that speak to the human condition. It's a masterpiece and a marvel of its time.

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5

Revolutionary sound when it came out. Still refreshingly sweet to this day.

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5

This really brings back memories- this is a great album. Used to play it all the time. Kinda timeless- hasn't seemed to date with a mix of acoustic guitar, drum, bass and organ. She's got such a great strong voice, I don't know what happened to her? Ironic that the people she's singing about are the ones finding this dull. Lol!

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5

Known this album for a long tim and it’s always been a favorite

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5

Love it, a brilliant album from a pretty uninteresting time in music if a more hopeful one politicly. Listened to it constantly back then, still play it occasionally and am always blown away by the great tunes

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5

***** Super fijn album om naar te luisteren met rustige maar swingende muziek

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5

This is really great

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5

That voice! She has that rich, low, smooth tone that makes you feel warm and comfortable. But then she has this quaver, that makes you feel the pain that shines in so many of her stories.

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5

You got a fast car

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5

Perfeito!!!!

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5

I had only heard black pumas play Fast Car. I knew it was a cover but just wow. The only song that felt out of place was Behind The Wall because it didn't have any instruments at all. Perfect record. I had no idea Tracy Chapman had such a gift from God. Good guitar work on a couple of tracks too.

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5

Love this album.

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5

36 minutes long. Short, and great

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5

A very pleasant listen. Had only heard Fast Car before so I was excited to listen to the whole thing and it did not dissapoint. The songwriting is excellent and Chapman has a real way with words that allows her to get her message across. Maybe a 5 is a little generous as it didn't blow me away but I can't really find anything to critisise.

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5

Haunting album. The song about calling the cops on a domestic abuse but the cops won’t do a single thing will stick with me forever.

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5

Wow

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5

Fantastic album! Amazing voice and she is a great storyteller. I will really liked this album and will also check out her other albums. Favourite songs: - Talkin’ bout a revolution - Fast car - Behind the wall

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5

One of the best

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5

5/5 (I'd give it a 6/5 if I could!) She is an amazing storyteller. Every song is poignant, heartbreaking, and/or thought-provoking. One album though...her other albums don't come close to this masterpiece.

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5

I love Tracy Chapman 10/10

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4

Beautiful singing and lyrics, and some great instruments. Very good album.

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4

Listen to those lyrics.

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4

This was way better than I ever thought it would be. While it is an 88 album, I can only think of the 90s when I listen to it. It reminds me of childhood and listening to the radio with my ma.

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4

özeldi

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4

um clássico, muito bom

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4

Solid album. I’m really glad that I listened to it.

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4

I really love Tracy Chapman. Her voice is very distinctive. And her lyrics are very powerful...behind the wall makes my cry every tyme.

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4

Lol

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4

Folky, a good album

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4

Enjoyed the listen, powerful messaging. Beautifully soft melodies with quiet guitar and hypnotizing drums. Enjoyed it a lot, 7/8.

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4

Very good album

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4

Honestly, I'm guessing this album has most of her really good songs, but overall it was a nice listen

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4

nice one

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4

I drive a fast car too!

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4

Really interesting album. Showed me TC was more than just Fast Car. Off to a good start

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4

Undervurdert, men syk stemme

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4

Poignant lyrics and soulful music, worth a listen.

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4

canciones relajantes bastante buno fave across the lines

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4

Simple but effective and affective. Nice and pleasant to listen to but razor sharp in its focus. This Aussie gives it four bars of cherry ripe out of five.

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4

Damn so good. Starts off so strong and does seem to lose a little steam. So many vibes in this album and they're all good. Fast Car is amazing

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4

Solid album

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4

Classic

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4

This album feels like it influenced a lot of the 90’s and it’s amazing how it is still super relevant now. Couldn’t believe that it came out in 88.

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4

I adore Fast Car and I'm so glad I finally listened to this album. Phenomenal.

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4

Very nice! Different than what I'm used to listen but really liked.

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4

Nice to bring this one back! Never listened to it the full way through and didn’t know it was an 80s album!

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4

An all time favorite

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4

Great album, pure and uncompromising. I remember listening to this after it came out, when I was young and optimistic that real change was possible. It was and still is inspiring, even if I've grown more jaded and cynical over the years. 4 stars.

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4

Läuft immernoch im Radio Talking about a revolution, fast car wurde gecovert lmao krass

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4

Taugt mir sehr

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4

This album was so popular, and the songs so good, that it's kinda become part of the cultural cosmic background radiation, right? Fave track - "Talking 'bout a Revolution" maybe, but there's a lot of great tracks...

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4

Her voice is so rich and clear.

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4

Brilliant

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4

Great album. It remembers me my High school years

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4

👍 curti

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4

Great voice with folk-style social justice lyrics, every song has a story to tell.

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4

4/5

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4

Nice easy listen with a few classics to enjoy!

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4

Very good! This is what good acoustic music sounds like to me! And more women!

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4

Pretty pretty pretty good

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4

Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Talkin' Bout a Revolution, Fast Car, Across the Lines, Mountains O'Things Cutting Edge: Baby Can I Hold You, Why? Overall Notes: Didn't think I would like this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. Her voice just sounds super authentic and it sounds like she means everything she sings, even if it was a little preachy at times. Has a timeless sound, wouldn't have been surprised if it was released anytime between the 70s and the 2010s. I'd heard bits of Fast Car before but hadn't realized how amazing that song is.

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4

ok Fast Car is actually phenomenal and I really like this album. 4 cause the songs sound a little similar sometimes but this was quite good Saved: Fast Car, Baby Can I Hold You For My Lover

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4

Good voice, good tracks. Fast Car is a fantastic song of course. Don't think I'll listen to more, but very nice for one time.

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4

In its best moments, this record is a powerful, personal, and haunting examination of social issues. Champan's distinctive vocals and unique perspective carry the day, like on "Fast Car", "Behind the Wall" and "For My Lover". It also feels like a super against-the-grain record to be released in 1988 and seems to have cast a long shadow. But there are a few times where the production choices are cloying or Chapman's incisive perspective feels flattened into platitudes (most jarringly on "Why?"). Definitely an essential album, but there's a few aspects that make me hesitate before giving it a perfect five. Favourite songs: "Fast Car", "Behind the Wall", "For My Lover"

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4

love Tracy

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4

4/5

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4

Wonderfully raw but beautiful album. Sadly the topics she sings about are as relevant today as when she wrote them 30 years ago. 4.5

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4

Very good commentary on racial justice that still applies. Great story telling. Surprise a cappella too so that’s cool. Short ~36min. Would listen to again. Solid 8/10

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4

Absolutely beautiful. Almost brought me to tears

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4

Quite a few on here I had forgotten about. Folky, but I like it.

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4

The pain in her voice is so powerful and transcendent. She captures the darkness in America’s racism and it’s truly depressing to see how short we’ve fallen since this came out almost 35 years ago. We haven’t changed much, and this album’s message still hits so damned hard. What a fantastic piece of real and sharp art.

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4

Great storytelling with deep, personal lyrics delivered with strong vocals and compelling music.

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4

Really enjoyed the conscious lyricism here. Tracy Chapman has a great voice with a lot of subtle, gentle soul.

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4

Was really excited to listen to this album. Fast Car is one of the greatest songs ever, but I really enjoyed the rest of it too. Will definitely listen again!

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4

Singer-songwriter albums typically aren't my thing, but this is a solid album nonetheless.

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4

This is pretty listenable

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4

Great songs. I never appreciated how complete of an album this is. Added to my list of vinyl to look for.

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4

FanTASTISKT album! De tre inledningslåtarna - Talkin' Bout a Revolution, Fast Car, och Across the Lines - är en öppning som få folkalbum klår! Mycket samhällskommenterande och sociopolitisk kritik i texterna, vilket alltid gillas, känns mer angeläget och viktigt då. Baby Can I Hold You har tydligen gjorts en del kända covers på, men den är tyvärr sådär, för mycket 80-tals powerkärleksballad. Det ~lilla~ bottennappet följs dock upp av idel bra låtar, främst Mountains o' Things, She's Got Her Ticket, For My Lover, och For You. Otvivelaktigt förtjänar detta album en kanoniserad plats i folkmusiken i synnerhet, men även i musikhistorien i allmänhet. Bästa låt: Fast Car, fempluslåt.

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4

Very good record, wish the instrumentation was a bit less poppy.

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4

4/5 that was actually a nice album!

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4

I enjoy songs which tell a tale. Really enjoyed the stories

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4

4,6 Album low key goated man! Het is genieten. Hij doet alles goed + hij heeft hits! Gaat nog worden gespeeld no cap!

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4

This album reminds me so much of the time it was released. But then listening to it again makes me realize just how timeless an album it is. She is an amazing voice and this album is fantastic at any time but truly so when it first came out

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4

Fast car automatically makes this a 4.

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4

oldie

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4

Negzel sarkilar var 4,5/5

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4

Beautiful voice. Timeless.

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4

Been a long time since I've listened to this album, but I like it more than I remember.

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4

Stole the show at the Mandela concert with an acoustic guitar and an otherworldly voice. Remember listening to this in my bedroom 1000 times. 4/5

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4

Unique vox, unique voice.

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4

Good album if played a little too much

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4

Very good. There arw a couple track that are considerably worse than the others but there are 4 great hits that make up for that in spades.

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4

A great album! I've heard 'Fast Car' in the past, but never any of the other tunes. I enjoyed this album for sure.

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4

Forgot I had this as a CD

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4

Really good. Heavy emotional stuff.

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4

Liked it more than I was probably expecting. Know her from Fast Car and watching that video in my youth. Behind the Wall was powerful and she is clearly a voice for those that need one. Enjoyed Mountains O Things and Baby Can I Hold you as well.

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4

11/15 Revolution tinged folk songs telling tales of hope and despair in middle America. Standout Tracks: Talkin' 'bout a Revolution, Fast Car, Across the Lines, Why?, For My Lover

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4

first time listening to whole album and she is a very good singer-songwriter following the line of nina simone.

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4

Important black music album

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4

Love this album a lot. I didn’t know Fast Car was Chapman, learned that today. Rich voice and talented songwriter, I like the acoustic style.

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4

Flashback í 12 ára bekk. Þarna eru frábær lög í æðislegum flutningi, en sum eru síður eftirminnileg. Margar stjörnur, en ekki fullt hús.

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4

Sing song soul

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4

A lot of very recognisable stuff here that I never realised was Tracy Chapman.

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4

Brilliant album

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