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Album Review

Less bold and angry than her previous work, Chapman paces Matters of the Heart over an acoustic course that touches equally on personal vignettes and social commentary. With her fluid, rapid-fire delivery, Chapman takes aim at society and lands several direct hits devoid of self-righteousness: songs about the downtrodden ("Bang Bang Bang"), feminism ("Woman's Work"), and freedom ("I Used to Be a Sailor"). The album's centerpiece is "If These Are the Things," a subtle, passionate masterpiece about coming to grips with innocence lost. A couple of songs suffer from too much sweetening in the studio, diluting the impact of Chapman's potent lyrics. The extraneous bells and whistles dressing up "Dreaming on a World" provide the most obvious example of a trend Chapman would do well to avoid in the future.

Customer Reviews

Fave TC album

this is my favorite album of Tracy Chapman's...most heartfelt, least angry

great buy

This album is one of her finer works with few weak songs. In my opinion, “I Used to be a Sailor” is the diamond form the good list of songs. “Bang Bang Bang” is also a wonderful effort. All in all, the album is in keeping with her album “Tracy Chapman” and the album is a must for any person wanting commentary on society. If you love her hit of an ablum "Tracy Chapman" you will love this one.

The Title Says It All

Matters Of The Heart is just that, a set of ten songs that reflect Matters of the Heart. The matter of love. The matter of hope. The matter of disposition. The matter of expectations. The matter of loss. This album successfully captures these matters and is offered to you as a heartfelt presentation from Tracy Chapman. There is not one song on here that doesn't do it's job in speaking to these Matters of the Heart. Perhaps this isn't one of her better known works due to the timing of it's release. I can assure you that you owe it to yourself to stumble upon these matters though. A Beautiful album that will always help you understand just what does matter.


Born: March 30, 1964 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tracy Chapman helped restore singer/songwriters to the spotlight in the '80s. The multi-platinum success of Chapman's eponymous 1988 debut was unexpected, and it had lasting impact. Although Chapman was working from the same confessional singer/songwriter foundation that had been popularized in the '70s, her songs were fresh and powerful, driven by simple melodies and affecting lyrics. At the time of her first album, there were only a handful of artists performing such a style successfully, and her...
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