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Tracy Chapman helped restore singer/songwriters to the spotlight in the '80s. The multi-platinum success of Chapman's eponymous 1988 debut was unexpected, and it had lasting impact. Although Chapman was working from the same confessional singer/songwriter foundation that had been popularized in the '70s, her songs were fresh and powerful, driven by simple melodies and affecting ... Read more in Amazon's Tracy Chapman Store

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  • Audio CD (October 15, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00006JXYH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,736 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Over the course of five albums, Tracy Chapman has sold 34 million albums worldwide, won four Grammy Awards and garnered tremendous acclaim from fans and critics arund the globe. Now Tracy returns with Let It Rain, an album blossoming with stories that matter, songs that ring true, and, of course, her remarkable, stirring voice.

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With Let It Rain, Tracy Chapman has found an almost perfect platform for her potent voice. She and coproducer John Parish have opted for a muted approach where guitars and tambourines stir among simple, unadorned rhythms. The singer's once boldly strummed acoustic guitar is here replaced by a more constant tidal flow, with handclaps, gospel-tinged choruses, and an open-barreled bass drum marking time. Chapman even goes trip-hopping on "In the Dark," a strangely shadowy highpoint featuring her artfully quavering vocal melody. The jumpy interludes on "Hard Wired" and the chamber interlude of "Over in Love" (which is reminiscent of the gorgeous interstitial tunes on Hem's debut) add color. This is an awesomely crafted folk-soul creation for seasoned fans and for those who love Beth Orton and Norah Jones. --Andrew Bartlett

Customer Reviews

Tracy's voice is more beautiful and haunting that its ever been.
RBT
This is the best album since New Beginings, If you are a fan of Tracy Chapman pick it up.
DrB
I've had this album since it has come out, and it gets better and better.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Nasser Alqatami on January 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Tracy Chapman is the anti-star. She avoids unnecessary media spotlight, shys away from the glitter and gold and is an avid charity supporter.
Every now and then, between her touring circles, she puts her confessional poems into melodies and another album is born.
In 1988, Chapman defied big-hair bands and senseless dance tunes by suddenly skyrocketing into super-success with her debut album and the hit singles "Fast Car" and "Baby Can I Hold You" - songs so uncomplicated, yet they spark an immediate emotion.
However, ever since her chart-dominating days, Chapman gradually faded away with albums not as directly radio-catchy as her debut, yet musically superb - resurfacing in 1995 with her single "Give Me One Reason."
Chapman's disappearance is directly due to the mainstream media's episodic fascination with new artists. The proof is Chapman's impressive catalogue.
"Let It Rain" is her latest full-lengther that continues Chapman's legacy as one of the best folk singers of our time.
The album opens in a rising fashion with the title track and the sorrowful "Another Sun." Then the first single "You're The One" takes off with its clap-along beat.
Then Chapman suddenly turns downhearted with the lo-mo "In The Dark" and then delves into the mysterious "Almost." This evolution is bittersweet.
What is pleasant about a Chapman album is that it merges perfectly and the album sounds like one long track. Here, Chapman uses an instrumental track "Over In Love" to achieve that ambiance, taking us from the Norah Jones-sounding "Goodbye" to the closer "I Am Yours" where Chapman wants to be wanted.
It is unlikely that Chapman will achieve former victories with "Let It Rain."
Although it is a complete and pleasing release, it still lacks a highpoint or a tune that is bound to strike gold.
But then again, who needs gold?
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Muata on October 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As I'm writing this review, I'm listening to "In the Dark", which is very reminiscent of songs from her earlier albums. If it took a couple of months for "Telling Stories" to grow on you, then let me assure you that you will not have that problem with this album. It took me 2 months to really start liking songs on her last album, but with "Let it Rain", I can honestly say that on the second listening, I was already hitting the repeat button for "Let it Rain", "You're the One", "In the Dark", and "Say Hallelujah". This one will be in my CD player for a while because "Tracy's Back!".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David on October 15, 2002
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This is perhaps the best album by Tracy since CROSSROADS....every track is a classic! I am not going to talk about each track because they are similarly themed in nature.....very acoustic, mellow and about finding your place in this world....if you enjoy good folk pop, RUN OUT AND BUY THIS! END OF STORY!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Kaczmarek on November 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I must admit that I was very surprised to hear that Tracy Chapman was coming out with another album so soon after her last offering, "Telling Stories", which had been five years in the making. Amazingly enough, Chapman has managed to completely change her sound yet again. This time she has gone in the direction of sparser, even eerier grooves. Her voice is and lyrics are as beautiful as ever, and the musical production complements the songwriting. On the opener, "Let it Rain", one really feels the sensation of rain falling outside while listening.
Not that the album is overly dark - there are some straighter rock songs here, like the first single "You're the One". But even these are drenched in blues, which of course is the beauty of them. Otherwise they would probably seem overly sugary. But Chapman hits the perfect balance between simplicity and emotion. Some songs hold echoes of Portishead and maybe even David Gray. It is clear that Chapman is not resting on her laurels; here music is constantly developing and that alone is cause for excitement.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Martin on October 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have followed Tracy Chapman's career from its inception and continue to be amazed by her her ability to encapsulate the human experience in a song. "Let it Rain" does not necessarily break any new ground, but it does showcase Tracy's emotive vocals and song writing as well as I could have ever hoped. In this age of digitization, the trend towards multi-layering and over-production has ruined otherwise great songs/song writing. This is definitely not the case here. John Parish and Tracy have woven the various layers of instrumentation into each track such that Tracy's vocals are always center stage, not just part of a complicated mix. Tracy has had some wonderful albulms, but from start to finish, "Let it Rain" may be her best. If you are already a fan, or you're just looking for an introduction to Tracy Chapman's music - Buy this CD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry Williams on December 26, 2002
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She grabbed me from the first listening of "Fast Car" and we have been together ever since. I, too, was surprised and elated when I learned that she was in production with a new project that turned out to be "Let It Rain". "Telling Stories" blew me away on many levels and, as always, you cannot predict the next step in her growing. "Let It Rain" is soothing ("Let It Rain", "Over In Love"),thought provoking ("Another Sun", "Hard Wired", "Almost", "Broken") sometimes disturbing ("In The Dark", "Happy") but illuminating. The writing is delicious and can be savored over and over. The music has depth, range and stunning creatvity. Not in a heavy-handed way, but subtle and spiritual. I thank God for Tracy. She adds quality to my life through the sharing of her rare, consistent God-given talent.
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