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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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I love Joan Armatrading and this CD is wonderful. Very pleased with purchase and seller.Published 10 months ago by DIANE L
I bought this specifically for Baby Blue Eyes, which is treasure in itself, but the entire album is winning me over...Published 15 months ago by Desert Dog
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 morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Morten Vindberg
How diverse is this lady. Cant believe Joan can keep bringing out new albums still with her distinctive sound. Love itPublished on October 13, 2013 by Terry Parsons
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 morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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
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 morePublished on December 18, 2010 by DebinNH
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