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  • Audio CD (September 25, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Andrew O'Connor on July 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Owning Tracy Chapman and Telling Stories, I decided to give Crossroads a go. Luckily there are ten songs, so there is an easy way to rate this
Crossroads: 10/10. A truly amazing and spiritual track that uses percussive instruments well and utilizes amazing vocals.
Bridges: 8.5/10 A slower track, yet filled with moving guitar and piano, backed with her obviously stupendous vocals.
Freedom Now: 8.5/10 I'm not sure, but I can see a bunch of guys singing this as they work on the railroad. A fin track, and it's dedicated to a guy a really like (Nelson Mandela) so let's add a point to 9.5.
Material World: 9/10 This track must have written itself. Resembling some works on Tracy Chapman, this is an enjoyable song.
Be Careful of My Heart: 10/10 This is one of the most beautiful tracks, with guitars and heart wrenching vocals.
Subcity: 9.5/10 When I read the lyrics to this song, I thought it would be depressing, but it has a fun tune and beat.
Born To Fight: 9/10 This a tough, spunky song, with lot of great saxophone. It is really great to sing.
A Hundred Years: 8/10 Probably the weakest song on the album, yet still has a catchy tune.
This Time: 10/10 What a beautiful song, that rings true powerfully, and makes me want to singalong each time.
All That You Have is your Soul: 10/10 Like Be Careful of My Heart, a truly beautiful track.
How does it add up?.....93.5% or a whopping A+ or five star rating!
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's a shame that when an artist, such as Tracy Chapman, wins a Grammy for Best New Artist, she is then forgotten. I have been a fan right from the beginning, in 1988, with "Fast Car." I was 15 then, and Tracy touched a nerve for me. I thoroughly enjoyed her debut and was quite pleased that she won a Grammy. However, her following albums, Crossroads, Matters of the Heart, New Beginning and Telling Stories have all been dismissed by critics and Top 40 radio (with the exception of Give Me One Reason in 1996). I believe that Crossroads was just as great as her debut. It has ten solid tracks from "Crossroads", "Born To Fight", "All That You Have Is Your Soul" to "This Time", "Bridges", "Freedom Now" and "Subcity." It's a shame that Top 40 radio and teenagers turn away from great music that also has meaning in its lyrics. Crossroads is a great cd to have in your music collection.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Geekier than thou TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This sophmore release by Tracy Chapman proves that her firstalbum was no accident. If there was any doubt, this poet, lyricist,song writer, singer and guitar player is incredibly talented. Her unique voice breathes life into one awesome song after another. Every song tells a story, whether it is a love story, a parable of the evils of material gain at the sacrifice of relationships or racial indifference. These aren't "preachy" songs... and you can listen to them w/o even paying attention to the lyrics if you want... the sounds are soft enough to play in the background while you're at work, or rockin' enough so you can jack up the volume on your car stereo and sing along. Tracy Chapman has a unique sound that really can't be compared to anything else you've heard before. A tremelo in her unique-sounding voice, the sounds of 6 and 12-string guitars, soft drums and an occaisional banjo makes this a little bit country, a lot of rock, a pinch of folk and just Tracy Chapman.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Altso Nonaz on August 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Tracy's voice is wonderful, soulful and honest...but what is really amazing is her song-writing skill. Her lyrics always make you think about yourself and the world in which you live-- actually, quite a few of these songs have helped me out of dark times and given me hope that I thought I'd lost (specifically "All That You Have is Your Soul" --the final track on the disk). Some of her recent work cannot compare to this early album.
Track #3, "Freedom Now," and "Born to Fight" (track #7) are reasons enough to buy this CD. The lyrics are inspiring and the melodies are complex, but simple at the same time. If you like Tracy's later work, then you'll love this disk. The songs have the same deep feel, but they're presented in a much more positive way--the beat is up tempo and not as sleepy as her later works.
Buy this CD, you'll love it for sure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Woods on January 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have loved Tracy since she debuted Fast Car back in high school and I love her more and more as the years go by. She never stops making excellent music that inspires and touches the soul....this CD in particular is a real winner. I actually consider it a blessing that she is not on the radio where her music would become mundane and ordinary. Instead it's only by hearing about her through others that people have the privilege of listening to her wonderful music where you just can't get enough and it just makes you feel good. She's the best and there's no one else out there like her. That's a good thing!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Pine on March 2, 2008
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I was listening to Telling Stories earlier today and then went browsing through my Tracy discography and remembered how much I loved the songs on this album, and the album as a whole. Tracy's mixture of seeing the world's sadness in a clear-eyed way and her determination to fight on with relentless optimism nonetheless makes me think of Barack's Presidential candidacy. What a combination. Listen to Crossroads, 100 Hundred Years, Material World, and, especially, All That You Have is Your Soul and be prepared to fight for justice.
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