Editors’ Notes 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.

SONG
Down to Zero
1
3:50
 
Help Yourself
2
4:05
 
Water with the Wine
3
2:51
 
Love and Affection
4
4:32
 
Save Me
5
3:38
 
Join the Boys
6
4:51
 
People
7
3:32
 
Somebody Who Loves You
8
3:37
 
Like Fire
9
5:12
 
Tall in the Saddle
10
5:42