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Joan Armatrading

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After releasing two artistically promising albums, West Indies-born Joan Armatrading fully came into her own with her self-titled 1976 album. She did just about everything right on this record - her self-penned songs match a sparse, self-revealing poetry with a feel for hypnotic and tuneful melodies. Most of all, it's Armatrading's voice -- deeply resonant, assertive yet tender, sensual and otherworldly - that wins the listener's heart. The demands of desire are central to her vision, whether it's the sweet surrender of "Love and Affection" or the erotic role-playing of "Tall in the Saddle." Her singing makes even a playful tune like "Water With the Wine" sounds like a timeless romantic lament. Veteran producer Glyn John dresses up the tracks in compelling folk/pop arrangements, stirring with understated melodrama. Still her best-known work, Joan Armatrading is a must-hear album for anyone who appreciates the singer-songwriter's art at its finest.

Customer Reviews

I can hear it when it's not playing

...and no, there are no voices in my head. Got this album back when it was new, and it still haunts me. Joan is Tracy Chapman's predecessor, voice-wise, and her incredible range and emotive ability can drive you to tears. "Love and Affection" will resonate with anyone who's ever felt either. This is an album for a lovely, quiet rainy night with someone you'd like to end up on a deserted island with. If it had a flavor, it would be Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee; rich, warm, toasty and soft, with no bitterness.

Beautiful

People of the X generation need to listen to more oldies and this is a great oldy I LOVE YOU JOAN!!

This was one of my fav albums back in the day!

She has the most soulful, sensual, smoky voice and wonderful lyrics. I am so excited to happen upon this, as I have old albums that I was gonna convert digitally but that is a huge process, so probably just go ahead and buy em again! Good stuff!

Biography

Born: December 9, 1950 in Basseterre, St. Kitts

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in 1950 on the island of St. Kitts, Joan Armatrading was her country's -- as well as Britain's -- first female to gain international success as a singer/songwriter. Spicing her take on folk with elements of rock, blues, and jazz, she has had a remarkably long, consistent career. Armatrading immigrated to England in 1958 and began writing songs six years later. In 1970, she met lyricist Pam Nestor, and the two began collaborating on material later featured on Armatrading's 1972 debut, Whatever's...
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