11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With quiet eloquence and smoldering outrage, Tracy Chapman made protest music relevant to Reagan-era audiences. Chapman’s heartwrenching-yet-dignified contralto can be filled with defiance (“Talkin’ Bout A Revolution”), longing (“Mountains O’ Things”), or resolve (“For My Lover”). But her incredible gift as a storyteller makes this breakthrough sound just as transcendent decades later.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With quiet eloquence and smoldering outrage, Tracy Chapman made protest music relevant to Reagan-era audiences. Chapman’s heartwrenching-yet-dignified contralto can be filled with defiance (“Talkin’ Bout A Revolution”), longing (“Mountains O’ Things”), or resolve (“For My Lover”). But her incredible gift as a storyteller makes this breakthrough sound just as transcendent decades later.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
582 Ratings

582 Ratings

punchup ,

Beauty, not politics

I find the iTunes review to be complete nonsense. Within 2-3 lines, the reviewer associates her work with the Bush era, the Reagan era, the early '70's, and the PC movement. All I know is Ms. Chapman was living in Cambridge, MA when I was and singing on the streets. She came out with a beautiful, touching album that moved people. She is a classic singer/songwriter, and her songs couldn't be more personal. I remember people going silent when they first heard "Fast Car" to listen. Please ignore all this baloney about her liberalism or social activism. Do you people have neo-cons writing reviews? Please edit this stuff and let's appreciate someone who created pure, simple heartfelt music at an extremely bland time in our society.

Jim Pearson ,

Thoughtful Music At Its Finest

"Tracy Chapman" is an absolute treat for the ears and for the heart. The album still sounds fresh and soulful even after many years have passed.

Listeners of the Pop/Rock/Folk genres will truly appreciate adding Tracy's tunes from this album to their collection!

allgood2 ,

Great Album! Withstands the Test of Time.

This album was great in the late 80's and is still fantastic almost 20 years later. Fast Car and Baby Can I Hold You are still my favorites. I've been waiting for iTunes Music Store to add Tracy, and highly recommend everyone revisit this album. Well worth the $9.99.

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