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Crossroads

Tracy ChapmanAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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listen10. All That You Have Is Your Soul 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (September 25, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm standing at the Crossroads of hell..... 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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best New Artist. 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't make a 'dud' if her life depended on it 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Barack and Tracy March 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional and thought provoking. 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tracy is a Genius 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Nowhere
Out of nowhere she burst on the scene with Fast Car. For my mp3 collection I had to add her albums. Great voice and great guitar.
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Published 1 month ago by Chuck St. Louis
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Tracy
I would actually give Tracy extra starts. have loved listening to Tracy for years, but after seeing her in concert a couple of years ago, I am can't believe I was even more amazed... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tracy's Still at Her Best
I have always loved Tracy's voice, but I love the fact that she doesn't see herself as a superstar or celebrity. Read more
Published 6 months ago by leolady47
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album anchored by two fantastic songs
The first and last tracks of this album are simply superb. The title track with its infectious rhythm and righteous-tone is balanced by the final song with its slowly-building,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anand Pandya
3.0 out of 5 stars Crossroads
There was only one song out of the entire CD that I liked. But, I like Tracy Chapman anyway, so it's worth keeping.
Published 7 months ago by Lydia Nipper
5.0 out of 5 stars I would highly recommend Tracy's music!
Tracy is definitely at her best in this CD. Her original lyrics and social consciousness are evident throughout. Full of feeling and conviction. I would highly recommend this CD!
Published 9 months ago by CD music collector
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.
What can I say that hasn't been said before about Tracy Chapman. Her music and voice are stupendous. I love the album .
Published 14 months ago by Some Old Hippie
2.0 out of 5 stars The songs sound the same
I just put this CD into iTunes and my impression is you've heard one Tracy Chapman song you've heard them all
at least on this CD, they pretty much all sound the same and not... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michelle M. Ress
3.0 out of 5 stars A few gems in the mix
I bought this for my daughter because I remember loving it when first came out.
The songs were soulful and melodic, a great second album for this young rising artist at the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jennifer Quade
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh.
Looks like I'm in the minority on this one, but I'll say my piece anyway.
Crossroads, the title track, is why I bought this CD. Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by D. A KENNEDY
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