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Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman

1988

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Tracy Chapman

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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

There are songs, and then there’s Fast Car

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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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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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Awesome álbum

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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

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

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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

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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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

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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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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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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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Cool

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5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4

First time hearing the entire album. I should have heard it sooner. Added.

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4

7/10 Sad/Emotion

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Tracy Chapman sure can write a memorable tune and Fast Car, Revolution and Baby Can I Hold You? are perfect examples. There’s such a sweet sincerity behind this work and an almost naive quality to the music - an accidental pop star whose otherwise quiet acoustic guitar coffee shop songs somehow gained international attention. The album is perfectly fine but you can’t help but feel the polished production is a little too polished and radio friendly - you want to see what Chapman can do bursting out with a little more tempo or urgency, shake up the style, show me more, be grittier. But whatever else you can fault, Chapman’s work is full of integrity and I doubt she gives a damn what anyone else thinks. So good on her. You made a pretty memorable album.

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4

Classic folk album, and such a departure from most music that was popular in its time. 4/5

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I liked the first half more than the second half but it was sooo good!

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My main contact with this was the radio airplay dominating Fast Car back in my high school days. Which remains the best of this I think: an incredibly spare collection of lyrics to generate such an evocative portrait of love, generational poverty and almost hopeless optimism. And perfectly matched musicslly by Chapman's stripped-down singer-songwriter style. The whole album is good though a lot of the activist sort of lyrics are basic to the point of being trite (love is hate, war is peace does not need to be committed to any type of media ever again) and while repetition is a valid tool of poetry it is sometimes overused in this. But this is largely nitpicking, it was a very strong debut.

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I knew the song Fast Car, but the rest of the album was unknown to me. It's good, easy to listen to. Won't get massive rotation for me, but I could see the right time and place to play it again.

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4

Pretty good from what I heard

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4

I’m jealous of Tracy’s voice. It carries most of this album. I feel like her guitar mostly bland, and I could probably play it, but I will never be able to sing that well. The lyrics are like an Ansel Adams photograph, painting a captivating scene. I can feel the strife in her scenery. One nitpick is that the lyrics are repetitive sometimes although I suppose the messaging for a revolution does need to be concise.

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4

I a 4.5 option.

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4

Always liked this one!

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4

Some classics on this. Took me back. Definitely going to get more listens

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4

Yeah. It's good.

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4

Beautiful album

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4

Good album, enjoyed the singing and the lyrics.

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4

What a breath of fresh air. Raw and powerful folk that describes real America

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4

yum,my

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Krachtige nummers, gezongen met een unieke stem. Enorm goeie singer-songwriter

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I know I bought this CD when it came out and that was probably the last time I listened to it. This album starts strong with some heavy subjects (racism, domestic abuse, social injustice) and songs "Talkin Bout a Revolution," "Fast Car," "Across the Lines," and "Behind the Wall." Tracy has a very strong, powerful and dominant voice. This was classified as Contemporary Folk at the time. OK. There is some variety with the use of percussion, steel guitar, an A Cappella song and a song with a reggae beat. Some of the production has a very 80's feel to it. The songs often tell a story; it's unclear if it's Tracy's or from another point of view (probably both). Although some heavy-subject themed, most songs do have optimistic endings. I have to be honest; I always thought this album dragged in the second half. And after the first listen, it kind of still did but then I started to like it more. Most of the second half songs are slower and more about love/relationships. So, at least this listen today gave me a better appreciation of the album as a whole.

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4

This was straight FIRE

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4

I knew this album fairly well but it was good to listen to the whole thing, I find most of the cuts to be enjoyable. I think her voice is very compelling as is her songwriting.

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4

An album that from the start had me hooked. A couple of songs towards the middle I did not find as amazing but overall still a really great album

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4

This is really, really good. Best we've had so far, I think, comfortably a 4 but not knocking on the door of 5. Really powerful stuff, stories that resonate now as I'm sure they did in 1988. Those first two tracks are amazing, it can't maintain those heights the whole way through but it comes surprisingly close. It feels like a coherent set of songs whilst still giving a bit of variety in theme, mood, and style, and there's not a bad song on the album. What a voice as well, not many singers who could pull off a track completely a cappella like Behind The Wall as well as her.

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4

Nostalgic of being about 16! This was excellent and I enjoyed relistening to TC's iconic voice, its very different.

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What a woman?!? The voice is obviously so unique and incredible, but then there's the poetry and activism, the folky style and story-telling. There's something so special about a debut album I think, especially when an artist captures their thoughts and feelings and something artistic in the music and then they manage to package it into an album without the "big bosses" getting in the way and ruining it all. This is one of those debuts for me, there's a little bit of magic in there and it makes me really smile in my soul. There's some clear bangers in there but I've never listened to this album and Mountains O' Things is a great discovery, what an interesting cool song with layers of culture. It's not bangers wall-to-wall for me because although I love the story-telling and activism in a song like Behind the Wall, I don't get on with songs like that so well in terms of sound and just in a musical sense. I love the more melodical tunes but struggle with the more talky ones.

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Kolejny swietny pick, ktorego pewnie bym nigdy nie uslyuszal gdyby nie lista, debiutancki material pani Tracy Chapman z 1988 jest swietnym blueprintem tego jak folkowe albumy powinny brzmiec, a rzadko to robia, zwlaszcza na debiutanckim krazku, gdzie trzeba zbalansowac wolnosc tworcza z tym co mozna sprzedac wytworni, ale na tych 36 minutach akustycznego grania znajda sie kawalki ktore mozna sprzedac w postaci singli jak fast car, baby can i hold you, czy openingowy talkin bout a revolution, trzymajace sie jednak stylu w jakim utrzymana jest plyta, wiec folka mowiacego o problemach z jakimi boryka sie spoleczenstwo, a to ze pani Tracy jest przedstawicielka mniejszosci, a dodatkowo jest kobieta daje jej szerokie pole do popisu jesli chodzi o tematyke utworow, od uciekania sansarowej biedzie przez znieczulice drugiego czlowieka na problemy somsiada, konczac na typowo sercowych problemach, nie tylo lirycznie, ale rowniez wokalnie pozytywnie sie zaskoczylem, pani chapman potrafi porwac sluchacza emocjami jakie chce przekazac nie tylko przy pomocy akustyka ktorego mozna uslyszec na wiekszosci trakow, ale rowniez samego glosu, ktory ma w sobie cos urzekajacego, ale jednoczesnie androgenicznego, dodatkowo gra jeszcze na talerzach i gitarze rytmicznej, wiec nawet multiinstrumentalnie, dodatkowy personel rowniez robi robote, zwlaszcza gitara pana Eda Blacka, ale dosc slabo wypada mastering calego krazka, bo momentami trzeba sciszac, bo az tak przebija glosnosc i precyzja samego brzmienia pozostawia wiele do zyczenia, ale pewnie nie byl to jakis mega drogi album, bo kto bedzie inwestowal w debiutancki album czarnej artystki, ktora chce tworzyc akustycznego folka w latach 80, ale calosciowo jestem zadowolony z tego, ze poznalem sie na tej plycie, bo pewnie gdzies mozna sie doszukac influencji plynacych z niej na scene lat 90 i polityczno socjalnie swiadomego rapu, na plejke leci hitowy fast cars i mountains o things

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I enjoyed this album a lot. 'Fast Car' is fantastic and is the first song since starting this that made it onto my Liked Songs on Spotify. There were some other good ones on here, but I did find it dragged through the middle of the album so that's why it gets a 4. Great voice though!

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I’ve loved Fast Car for years and have listened to this album before, though not recently. Talkin’ Bout a Revolution is a fantastic opener. Not quite 5-stars, but I definitely understand why this is on the list.

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Easily the most pleasant vocal experience we've had to endure thus far.

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Wow, I had no idea. Obviously I've heard "Fast Car" before, but really didn't know the artist. It's Tracy Chapman. Whole album is so smooth and heartfelt. Really enjoyed it even though this is out of my normal jam. I then also discovered that "Give Me One Reason" is her song also. Clearly I need to listen to more of her discography. 4

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4

Production has dated but the songs are still strong. That voice.

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Damn this album is sad as fuck but it’s also hella good. Not a huge fan of the voice but the songwriting is top notch

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Once again, all my ratings are based on my opinion on my first listen. Many albums in the past have taken time to grow on me, and my opinions could change over time. I’m also listening in order, commenting on each track individually. The first track, Talkin’ Bout a Revolution, had nice background music. The vocal performance was strong, and was overall a good opening to the album. The second track, Fast Car, was also a great listen. I’m in the process of driving now, and I could relate to the lyrics of the song quote a bit. Not just the car part, but the overall message as well. The vocal performance was once again good, and this track was another that I liked. The third track, Across the Lines, was very powerful. The message of racism and segregation in America was very strong and the sound was great. The vocal performance was also very good, and this track is my favorite so far. The fourth track, Behind the Wall, was an interlude about domestic violence taking place in the room next to Tracey’s. The police come late and do nothing, until eventually the woman is hospitalized. It was a great interlude that helped push the message of the project further. The vocal performance was well executed and the theme was very strong. The fifth track, Baby Can I Hold You, took a step back lyrically from the last track, but was still powerful. The theme throughout the lp so far has been consistant storytelling, reinforced by powerful vocal performance and good background mixes. This song followed the same formula and sounded amazing while doing it. The sixth track, Mountains O’ Things, was a nice change of pace instrumentally and vocally. The lyrics weren’t as powerful as the last tracks, but we’re relatable and transparent. While listening to this track I could see into the aspirations of the artist, and it was delivered with beautiful singing and instruments. The seventh track, She Got Her Ticket, was another well executed song that got its point across. Tracy remains consistant with her vocals and back track, while continuing to remain interesting and not become repetitive. The eighth track, Why?, was another strong song. Tracy once again remains consistent. The theme of not understanding the world and all its issues and contradictions was very heartwarming and relatable. The lyrics are not complex, but still hold weight. The vocal performance and instrumental continue to blend in with the rest of the lp. The ninth track, For My Lover, was a balled about the dedication of love Tracy has toward her partner. The song continues the same formula, making a strong song, but still failing to separate it from the others. This formula is enough to make a good lp, but not a great one. The tenth track, If Not Now…, took a step performance wise. The vocal and instrumental performances were the strongest on the lp so far. The lyrics were nothing special, but still conveyed it’s message of choosing to love now rather than wait. The song was definitely one of the best on the lp, and holds much replay value for me personally who struggles with indecisiveness and overthinking. The eleventh track, For You, was another balled. This song was not much different than the last balled For My Lover, and was nothing very different instrumentals. It was disappointing as a closing track, and left me wanting more out of this project. And not in a good way. The consistency was definitely present, and definitely showed the potential for a young artist on their debut project. The replay value is much higher than the last 2 lp’s I’ve heard, and I enjoyed it the most. My rating for this album is a 7/10, with my favorite tracks being Across the Lines and the interlude Behind the Wall. I’m definitely excited to hear more from a talented artist.

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4

Muy bueno

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4

Dit is geweldige muziek. Melodieus, poppie en kneitergoeie stem! De bekende hits zijn geweldig, vooral "Fast Car". ****

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4

surprised how much i like this album. i thought i would hate it, couldn't be further from the truth.

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Talking About A Revolution into Fast Car is awesome. Behind The Wall is awesome. Very nice album.

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4

Strong storytelling lyrics. Good acoustic arrangements.

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Very powerful and compelling story telling offering a different prespective of peoples struggles. I enjoyed listening to it. I would listen to more of her Music, but it isn't something that I would regularly listen to.

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I enjoyed this

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An album containing "Fast Car" would never get anything below a 3 from me, even if the other songs were silent. There are a handful of other tracks I like especially "For My Lover" and "Mountains and Things." I don't remember too many singer-songwriters kicking around in '88.

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I'm almost certain I had this CD back in the day but haven't listened to it in eons. My loss. The first five songs include the three hits and are an excellent listen. In 1988 we were ready for a new singer songwriter to enter the scene. While one could say we didn't need another folk singer, we did need a female black folk singer and she was just so darn cool. The album photo describes her music. On Fast Car she uses her sober voice to beautifully sing about drunkards. After the first five songs the album expands musically. Mountains O Things has excellent percussion while She's Got Her Ticket features excellent electric guitar. I tried playing Fast Car on guitar. It's a Lovely song but I didn't think it would work with a male singer. Khalid proved me wrong with his heartfelt cover on BBC. Of course he skips the verse that has the words "And I work in a market as a checkout girl" LOL

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We have fixed nothing since 1988.

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unrelatable. my car is slow

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Yndislega plata.

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1988. Key Songs: Talkin' Bout a Revolution, Fast Car

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Was a little disappointed given fast car. Had high expectations and overall a bit much for me but still not bad

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Several of the songs fell flat for me. Best track: Fast Car

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Singer/songwriter, affekt, fortællinger, fast car

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3

Ok but nothing special

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Something new but don't like that much.

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Not my thing

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Lovely voice,simple yet elegant instrumentals.lyricism about sexism and racism in america.Cool folk/soul album

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It was fine. This albums sound felt like the forerunner for all of the acoustic based music of the 90’s except it was genuine. However, Fast Car is a desert island song.

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Better than the previous albums. Some good songs in there

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@@@. Cool singer-songwriter acoustic stuff.

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like van morrison. easy listening.

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A few big hits and some really nicely written songs. Solid production but I'd probably just chuck on the classics

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WOAH "Fast Car" hit me in the nostalgia hard, I was like "omg what is this, I know this", super good. Like Jon said it's so honest/naked that it's kind of shocking especially at the time, this was a bit before singer/songwriter was so common. This performance on YT of her playing it for one of the first times just with acoustic guitar at Wembly is so cool, shes nervous and it adds to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teZsA_ci-7E If the rest of the songs matched "Fast Car" this could be a 4-5 from me, not something I'd listen to all the time but I can respect it. But, the rest of the songs do nothing for me, which is a shame. Still I can respect it.

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3.5 - very good album. gently delivering powerful lyrics and does not pull any punches on social issues. great songs: fast car, behind the wall

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I appreciate some Tracy Chapman songs but overall bored by the album.

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Track 01 - Very very Tasty Organ, twangy clean guitar, pinch harmonics, Drum mixing spacey tape delay. Vocal front centre. lyrical also well written 7/10 Track 02 - Lovely acoustic guitar sound and riff intro, again lyrical really great. Hopefully but also despite story feel very honest. 9/10 Track 03 - Almost Fleetwood intro, yum synth 80s pad, Lyrics political and rascal driven. 6/10 Track 04 - opening vocal again lovely and sad lyrical. Heavy subject. Track 05 - Break up song? Cheesy synth, cheesy lyrics ... lost track, most the songs are very similar in terms of lyrics and instrumental, which isn't a bad thing but there is enough variety. 6/10 all in all solid album but not enough to wanting more.

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Fun fact: when I was younger I thought Tracy was a man with a women’s name. Like Tracy Porter or Tracy Morgan. Not a big fan of Tracy’s music but the nostalgic vibes I get her voice have long since secured her a place in my heart. You can tell alot of her songs came from obvious pain and hard aches she was experiencing in her personal life, but also in the world. It’s really sad to listen to someone crying out about very specific issues that plague our world today, when you consider the lyrics were written 30 years ago! Fast Car for the win all day no contest. If Not Now (then when?) first runner up... and also a fitting question and theme song for the group! Keanu4prez ✌🏼

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This album is good (and she has an awesome voice), but admittedly, not one that I love as much as a lot of people. Maybe I’ve heard fast car too much. Maybe it’s just not my tempo. 7/10

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It wasn’t really my style of music, but she had a captivating voice and I thought the themes of the songs were scarily close to today.

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a few iconic songs. high 3 / low 4

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Good record, fantastic artist. Back half pleasant to listen to but forgettable.

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2 great songs and a pile of sad ones

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Fast Car was the most popular song on this album. The rest is alright. Easy listening. 6/10.

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Good recording. Not really my jam.

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Pretty decent. Remember it from when it came out but haven't listened to any of these songs apart from the singles since.

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She has a great voice! I can't say I love the type of music she makes, but I still enjoyed listening to it.

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Nice songs

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Chapman has a voice made for this kind of smokey, deep folk music. The kind of music that really means something. It's impactful and you can tell Chapman has poured her heart and soul into a debut to ensure it was something that could resonate with listeners. I can respect that through and through. Obviously the first two songs "Talkin' Bout a Revolution" and "Fast Car" are big songs, but other tracks on here like "Behind the Wall" stand out for their full showcasing of Chapman's voice (also helps with pacing). "For You" is a smooth closer that allows for greater reflection on the album. The biggest thing holding back this album is that the other songs not mentioned end up being a sort of wash, lending itself to album filler which is a shame because it clocks in at under 40 minutes. Not a whole lot to this album and I wish that the other songs had a bit more to them. Not sure how but it would be tremendous if that aspect was improved. Otherwise, it's a fine album.

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For my lover is really good

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sounds good, not my style

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not for me

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Truly lovely, and not our thing.

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Very pretty and sad.

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There's plenty to like about this album, but the biggest problem is the similarity of too many of the songs. That said, she has an outstanding voice and powerful lyrics. Fast Car is the most well-known song and it's definitely a great track. There are a few tracks that are "different" from the overall folk/adult contemporary sound (e.g., Mountain O' Things - I really enjoyed the vocal tune and the drums in that song - and She's Got Her Ticket - straight forward reggae but at least different than the rest). The a capella Behind the Wall is certainly powerful...it's sad that my thought was that the lyrics were predictable. They shouldn't be. So, good album, but too much same-same. I don't mind hearing it, but I wouldn't rush to hear it again and that's why I give it a 3.

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This was a good album but I really can't go past that which is why I gave it 3 stars. Favorite tracks: Fast Car, Mountain of things, She's got her ticket

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Sparse instrumentation. Protest songs, but nothing has really changed. The pieces here are well done, but not something I am going to come back to again and again. You can only hear “Fast Car” so many times.

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There are definitely some excellent songs in this album, but at the same time there are too many fillers. What is undeniable, though, are the qualities of Chapman's voice and singing.

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fena degil ama tum sarkilar birbirine cok benziyo

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truth

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Este si lo conocía. Es otro de los que quemaron las radios antes del grunge y en cierta forma permitió la llegada de estos. Cierta música folk, indie que permitió llegar a cosas diferentes. Tiene más grandes canciones de las que recordaba:"Talkin'Bout the revolution", "Fast car" o "Baby can I hold You". Lo volveré a escuchar.

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I've never really liked her but it was ok

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Fast car is obviously a classic track, but the rest of album seems to fit into the "filler" category with totally uninspiring backing music, and none of the pacing of the vocals that makes fast car so interesting. "Why?" might be somewhat of a outlier, but generally this album didn't live up to expectations.

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Nice.

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Interesting album. I've always kind of liked Tracy Chapman's voice, and the tunes I'd heard on the radio were musically pretty simple but lyrically compelling. The album has a little more variety in style, even getting some reggae in there, but is mainly folk on the edge of pop at times. I would revisit this album, but leave it at 3 stars for today.

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Well, she's definitely doing something

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Enjoying most of this.

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6/10

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wasn't crazy on talking 'bout a revolution, fast car was a bop, immediately like across the lines, not a fan of behind the wall, baby can i hold you was nice and i really liked it, love the drums in mountain o' things, she's got her ticket was a bit too reggae for me, why? was very upbeat and i liked it, for my lover had a nice story and country feel to it but i really enjoyed it, if not now was nice but probably not memorable, for you was a nice end to the album. overall I genuinely enjoyed the album, but thought maybe it went on a bit long. I mostly enjoyed the upbeat songs, some were memorable while others not so much.

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Don't think it's aged very well, verging on tacky. Fast Car has always made me cringe a bit. Huge Mark Knopfler guitar sounds on She's Got Her Ticket.

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This album has a very easy to listen to sound, but the words are so sad. I need to listen a few times to get the meaning.

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Nice but not my speed

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Like it

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I really can't believe this album is 34 years old. It's not my absolute favorite, but I do appreciate it.

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I had heard fast car before and honestly wasn’t a fan of it mainly because I heard it in places like target or Starbucks which made the song seem not genuine however listening to the song with the album put everything into context. Chapman is a great story teller and her writing goes from nostalgic to hopeful to almost haunting especially when she goes acapella. I definitely appreciate the artist and fast car now more than I did previously and I’m interested in hearing more

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It’s a shame I found much of the music to either have dated production or a bit lackluster arrangement, because Tracy has such a compelling voice. And, even more than that, the biggest strength of this album is easily the lyrics. She touches on social issues in such relatable, character-driven ways that really make an impact. If you are a lyrics-driven listener this will be amazing, but ultimately lyrics are just something that don’t draw me as much as the music itself does, and that lowers the album a lot for my personal enjoyment. I’m giving it a 3, even if I think the album “objectively” deserves higher.

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Not huglely my cup of tea, but respect the talent. Fast cars remains as much of a banger as always

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I knew Fast Car and liked it. She's got a good voice and good lyrics, but this is a heavy record for a cold Friday. Not sure how to place it.

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Calm, relaxing, nice voice. Good album overall.

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Interesting artist who had real authenticity, musicianship, and songwriting chops, but whose success came at direct cost to her ability to retain what made her so unique. This album has some great stuff, but is generally pretty heavy and sad. Some of the rather half hearted attempts at "African" and "Jamaican" sounds seems like they were someone else's idea.

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Some really moving songs. And lyrically very engaging.

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Average, nothing really stuck out to me. I'm not really going to remember this album.

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Very good ballads. Good voice and story telling. (6/10) FT: Fast Car, Talkin' 'bout a Revolution

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I enjoyed this, very easy listen, smooth voice and whenever I happened to catch a bit of the lyrics I enjoyed those too. Solid 3.5/5, but rounding down as I'm not blown away by anything and I do require a bit more of a bop for a 4

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Ahhh, a big ol' 'OH this is who sings that song' moment for 'Fast Car'. Really nice album, relaxing, album.

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Chappers is fine, nice in places, maybe some historical resonance has been lost on me but absolutely acceptable listening that I probably won't ever revisit.

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If someone said "Fast Car" is the greatest single of the 1980s, I'd not disagree.

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I get why she is loved, but not for me.

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Favorite Track - Fast Car Where I was - Office How I listened - Amazon music on BT Speaker Listen Again? - Likely

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6/10 really nice vocal performance, but the songwriting was a little too on the nose and the instrumentals were decent but nothing special.

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some very good songs here

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Nice

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Couple of solid songs but otherwise I’d say just uneventful easy listening

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According to Wikipedia, sandwiched between Breakfast In America and the Flashdance soundtrack in the best-selling albums of all time. Fairly astonishing that it sold that many copies on the back of a hit song. Does anything like that still happen these days?

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Tracy sure can craft a song.

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Decent album, but not really in my wheel house. 3/5

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I was not familiar of Tracy Chapman by name. When I was listening to the first half of album, I was thinking that she sounded like a mid-90s artist. Turns out I was thinking that she sounded just like herself because she sings Give Me One Reason. That song is not on the album, but some of the album has a 90s feel to it. It definitely does not have a 80s sound. The album itself is alright. It is relatively short and I didn't skip any of the songs. I don't think the album warrants another listen. It is not quite a 3, but I will round up.

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Strum

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This is an impressive debut album from Ms Chapman. Her song-writing and lyrics are impassioned and she pours her heart out, especially for the two singles which are the best songs on the album. The rest of the album wasn't up to the same standard, but overall it is a strong effort.

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Some very nice songs here, but a few weird tracks which drag it down to just ok.

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A pretty good album. This song has a couple timeless hits on it that helps elevate it. Some of the other songs are either political or slightly depressing. Definitely a deeper, darker album overall. Even fast car is pretty sad but it’s a good song. Overall it’s enjoyable. 6.8/10

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nä, inte för mig. Stort plus för albumlängden dock. Mer sånt.

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Lacking in vocal depth.

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Can't actually listen thru this album sadly, it is no doubt a GOOD album, but I can't rate it higher than a 2/5. It deserves to be on the list, but nope not for me.

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Not a favorite of mine but it's a good sounding album.

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meh

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Production: 8/20 Songwriting: 9/20 Innovation: 5/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 5/20 =27 SO SO BORING

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Sarah has a fast car

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Suena muy bien y Tracy tiene una voz preciosa... pero me aburre el disco.

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Besides my car I'm not bothered

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Not my thing

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I think everyone has heard 'fast car' of 'baby can I hold you' a couple of times in their life, that is how much of an impact this album has had. Maybe I'm not in the mood for Tracy Chapman at the moment, because it is really nice songwriting, but somehow it just reminds me of combilation music for lovers or something like that, and nothing wrong with that... if your into that vibe.

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Oh interesting. Let's dive in. This sounds super 90s even tho it was 1988. She sounds like she was in her own musical world compared to what was going on at the time lol. This is def some Lillith Fair shit. I'm already tired of her voice and I'm only on song 3. Ugh I really can't finish this. It's so boring.

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Don't get it, at all really - Fast Car as never done it for me, and I found most of the album really unmemorable. Chapman has a good voice, but not a great one in my opinion. There's not much here that stands out to me... the track "Mountains O' Things" is one of the more interesting moments on the album, at least as far as the music is concerned (because the lyrics are pretty annoying). For My Lover and For You are also highlights, but still a lot of it is really pretty generic and unimaginative. It's not terrible. It's just not particularly good, and to my ears, really forgettable.

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What a cool but interesting sound! I really enjoyed it but I have decided to be super critical

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She has a phenomenal voice. The production is really crisp too. I just have a hard time connecting to political folk music unfortunately especially as a white man listening to this.

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Can’t get on with her voice. Baby Can I Hold You is a classic. Feel I’ve heard better at open mic nights. Not for me.

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Some of the songs that haven't been played to death we're pretty good

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Fast car is alright, but the album as a whole is a bit lacking in ideas

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Not for me but I can see why it was popular

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Wasn't very familiar with the record before this. Thematically it's definitely in the folk tradition and she covers some important political topics that are sadly still relevant today. Musically, it's not very folky in my view. The record sounds very much like the 80's. (Is it the reverb they were using?) While I think people might remember this as a simple acoustic record, it's got a lot going on, maybe some "world music" sounds even when it comes to percussion in particular. Maybe it just sounds back to basics in comparison with the other things being released at the time (Hair metal, synth pop, etc). Can't say I'm a huge fan of the production or instrumentation. She's got an interesting voice. Not very traditional but quite strong. Overall, I can see why it was an important record and why it's on the list but it didn't wow me and I probably won't revisit.

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This is important work, but it's also incredibly boring. I had to break this up into three 'shifts' of listening to this album because it kept putting me in a funk. TC has some important tales to tell, but they only matter if someone is listening.

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Tracey Chapman's debut album made quite the splash when it released. It topped the charts in some countries, became one of the best-selling albums of all time, and has been certified 6 times platinum in the US. Just two weeks after its release, the album already sold 1 million copies worldwide. Then in total, it sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is one of the first albums by a female artist to have more than 10 million copies sold worldwide. This album made a statement by being a popular singer-songwriter album released during the rock/metal and dance era of the 80's. Tracy has a beautiful singing voice and her lyrics were politically poignant. Even with all of these good things going for this album, I personally couldn't find something I liked about it. Not awful, but not awesome either.

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I have heard a lot of people rave about Tracy Chapman and this album in particular. Chapman is a decent singer, but apart from the opening track, I found it rather dull listening. It's obviously meant to be one of those profound singer-songwriter albums, but to my ears it comes across as a bit self indulgent. It's not bad but it lacks any real excitement.

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Didn't really do it for me. One of those albums that I forgot I was listening to, and I had no desire to go back and re-listen to the parts I sleepwalked through.

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Just not something I've ever been excited to listen to.

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Wish this LP offered more of Chapman's vocal range - her vocals are stunning, but remain firmly in the midrange for the entirety of the record leading to a sense of monotony. Doesn't help that the instrumentals have aged poorly and read as quite dated.

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Not for me Clive

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Songs about issues. Not for me. Too pop

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Not my cup of tea

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3rd track into and i hear only guitars and percussion boring

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Clearly not 'bad'... but the music didn't do it for me

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Love this album, "Mountain O' Things" is probably my fav track

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