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Into the Blues

Joan ArmatradingAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Three times Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, JOAN ARMATRADING has come a long way since her birth in the West Indies and her upbringing in Birmingham. With 19 stunning albums to her credit and a new album, THIS CHARMING LIFE, due for release on March 30,, 2010, Joan’s subtle and sublime music has touched millions of people all over the world.

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On the surface, yes, this is a blues album; mostly, though, it's a Joan Armatrading album--which means she'll follow blues forms and conceits wherever she damn well pleases. On "Liza," she takes the "Mannish Boy" groove across the tracks for a pick-up on the wrong side of town; on "There Ain't a Girl Alive (Who Likes to Look in the Mirror Like You Do)," she dresses down a rival; on "Play the Blues," she simply undresses herself to a juicy, contemporary soul groove; and on "Mama Papa," the album's finest and funkiest moment, she recalls her youth on the island of St. Kitts in lines that flash with truth: "Seven people in one room/No heat/One wage/And bills to pay." It's also a guitar album: her blues chops, especially on the sprawling closer "Something's Gotta Blow," would give Robert Cray a serious run. Fiery as her playing can be, her blues riffs are mostly economical, concise, with evocative spaces between the notes. The same can't be said for the overall production values. Armatrading is still enamored with slick gimmicks: doubling and tripling her vocals and adding layers of echo on top of that, and synth pads and distortion that feel more bombastic than bright. Into the Blues is far from a return to form, but it still sends a tough, funky message. --Roy Kasten

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Since I saw this tiny young woman with this incredibly rich voice on a stage in Illinois somewhere in the early 80s, I have followed Joan with every album.

This is by and large one of her best albums ever. It's bluesy, yes, but it also showcases her incredible voice even on the non-blues songs and such songs as Baby Blue Eyes and There Aint a Girl alive are good examples.

The music has never been more varied and interesting. DNA is a masterpiece of rock and roll and of course the numerous traditional hard blues songs ala Buddy Guy show just how talented Ms. Armatrading is.

This album should not be missed by one of Rock's most underated and influencial artists.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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For decades Joan Armatrading has been adored as an articulate troubador singing about matters of the heart, a singer-songwriter who was too soulful to pigeon-hole as a folksinger but whose superbly dispassionate delivery only highlighted the passion of her subject matter.

If that's what you're looking for, you will not find it here. Joan has plugged in and recreated standard blues, getting downright giddy in this "woe is me" art form. For example, on the title tune "Into The Blues," with its haunting keyboards, Joan sings "the blues are here to make you glad you took a different path." On "Play The Blues" she sings "Baby when you sing the blues I take all my clothes off for you" and on the celebratory "Deep Down" the standard blues is boiled down to one sentence "I love you baby - deep down." No doom and gloom here.

The purest blues song thematically on the CD is probably "Empty Highway" with its "I stand outside in my underwear and watch the gentle rain fall down" refrain. The variety of the blues here is wide, from the poppy, acoustic "Baby Blues Eyes" with its anti-depressive lyric "those little imperfections are what I love about you/baby blue eyes and the smile of an angel" to the sothern fried reminiscence of "Mama Papa" which brings early Tina Turner to mind, to the uptempo blues shuffle of "D.N.A." and the straight up rocking blues of "There Ain't A Girl Alive" which is a screed about a vain woman that just cries out to be covered by The Rolling Stones.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mature masterpiece of a mature woman January 1, 2008
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I fell in love with Joan in the mid-70's after hearing her Back To the Night album (vinyl issued 1975; so sad it is currently unavailable on CD) and her 3rd album called simply Joan Armatrading (1976). I was extremely charmed by her vocal (smooth & husky & strong & natural, capable of unbelievable finesses, which were, however, very functional and devoid of any signs of exhibitionism). She had an outstanding technique of tone forming which varied with every syllable she sang. The other point was she was a fantastic song-write of beautiful melodies, performed with great feeling, only occassionally bluesy. Her lyrics has been also delightful, sensitively marking the intimate spaces between two people. I came back to JA in the early 80's (Me, Myself, I album, 1980) and then again, I somewhat forgot about her (being principally a rock fan). Then it took me another 15 years to get astonished for the third time, by means of her fantastic comeback with the album What's Inside (1995). I thought this was to be her last masterpiece ... and I did not expect she might ever level this.

It is now her curent album that shook me again. It preserves all the above mentioned attributes of JA's art, but, in addition, it indeed extends them. (I cannot recall many in the showbiz world that would be artistically growing and maturing being aged 57 - the majority can at best level previous efforts, but never go beyond). Joan's vocal darkened a bit, maybe as a consequence of the repertoire she performs. Although more than one half of the new songs are principally bluesy things (as indicated by the title of the album), it is incredible how Joan's creativity made the whole album so variable in mood, tempo, instrumentations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another career highlight..... June 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yet another stellar effort by Joan Armatrading. She uses a blues based

approach to many of the songs and for the most part they are all winners.

Exceptional vocals and her guitar fills are smooth. The songwriting is

also what makes this one special, I was surprised

I just didn't think Joan was ever gonna take us on a ride like this.

Past her mid 50's she could just go on writing beautiful love songs and

mid tempo gems but she still had a winner in her. If this is her last

collection before she sets sail, this is a hell of a way to end a career

that has few peers. She is a delight to groove to on this set. Many favorites all through out this 5 star class act. Rock on Joan.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Stellar.... May 1, 2007
By Anna
Format:Audio CD
What a breathe of fresh air! Labeled as her first blues album, Joan Armatrading's, "Into the Blues" is a modern blues endeavor that further showcases how great Joan is at what she does. Sure it's different if one compares it to her previous albums, but "Into the Blues" is a noteworthy effort that introduces us to something newly familiar.

What I loved most about "Into the Blues" was how it reminded me of the album experience. Truthfully, I enjoy music more when each song takes me to another place, but still maintains a cohesive relationship with the other songs. I like thinking of an album as a book and all tracks as its chapters. Lately however, I have found myself cherry-picking my favorites because I have not seen enough of an album relationship worth exploring. However, this album is an album. Each songs flows from one to another very harmoniously.

The single, "Woman in Love" is a great pick with its a edginess and rock'in guitar rifts. Although, I have to say my two favorites are Secular Songs and Baby Blue Eyes.

Secular Songs is just a beautiful hymn that is the definition of the blues for me. Slightly grassrooted melodies with gospel choruses included, it quintessentially belongs in the New Orleans blues scene. At the same time, Baby Blue Eyes showcases Joan's effortless guitar playing. Simply Stellar...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Armatrading Playing the Blues
I was very excited about Armatradings two Glyn Johns produced albums, "Joan Armatrading" and "Show Some Emotion" from 1976-77 - mostly because of the many fine... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Morten Vindberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan has still got it
How diverse is this lady. Cant believe Joan can keep bringing out new albums still with her distinctive sound. Love it
Published 9 months ago by Terry Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Great blues album. Joan Armatrading has a powerfull voice to sing the blues. I realize blues are not her usual forte, and this may not be something a die hard blues fan may like. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars She is truly amazing
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already

Joan Armatrading is a class act who is in a league by herself. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening!
Superb voice, heartfelt delivery, amazing guitar, wonderful variety, consistently good songs that carry you away emotionally into the mood Joan sets for the song. Read more
Published on December 18, 2010 by DebinNH
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE TALENT! AND WORK....
A FEW QUICK-WRITE NOTES: Joan A. is so cool. She does all on this CD except the drumming!
So many striking tunes here. And rhythms. And she can really
play blues axe. Read more
Published on October 27, 2010 by T. Bellows
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To The Roots, With a Joan-ish Twist
This is a CD that showcases Joan's masterly of the roots of her musical journey.

The tracks contain a nod to the blues, with wailing guitars or grooves and riffs that... Read more
Published on November 6, 2009 by J. King'oi
5.0 out of 5 stars bigfan
Anything Joan does is always superb and first class. The dvd of Into the Blues, recorded live in San Francisco in 2007, is outstanding. Read more
Published on December 23, 2008 by C. Romano
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody say this that...This That!
Last year Joan rolled into Poughkeepsie and reduced the crowd into a bunch of screaming savages. It was an amazing show. Thanks Joan! Read more
Published on November 14, 2008 by RBT
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Alive
Joan Armatrading's "Into the Blues" is a great set with many highlights. Of my four favorites is the rocking blues-inflected "My Baby's Gone (Come Back Baby)" with a great chorus... Read more
Published on October 13, 2007 by Lee Armstrong
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