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Matters of the Heart

Tracy ChapmanAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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listen  2. So 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Used To Be A Sailor 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Love That You Had 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. If These Are The Things 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Dreaming On A World 5:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Matters Of The Heart 7:00$1.29  Buy MP3 

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Records
  • ASIN: B000002H9V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Certified Gold by the RIAA. (11/01)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If you're interested in this CD solely because you heard "Fast Car" on the radio and liked the sound, this is probably not the best Chapman CD to start with. Tracy Chapman spoiled her fast fans by coming out w/ 2 incredible CDs, one after another, filled with songs instantly ready for radio airplay.
Then, poof! She vanished for a couple of years before she came out with this 3rd installment. The hiatus introduced a different sound... it's still Tracy Chapman, but different somehow, and not the same exact flavor of the previous albums.
Fans of Chapman will still like this CD... I usually have all my Chapman CDs in the 6-disc player and hit the "shuffle" button so I get a good, rounded-out mix. Her voice is flawless and unique. The messages are the same... love stories, racial equality and the downside of the persuit of material gain. Great songs, but perhaps not for the casual listener of Chapman radio hits.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly my favourite album of all time January 24, 2000
By Adam
Format:Audio CD
After an international best selling first album, Tracy has allowed her musical integrity, and not commercial success, to dictate her subsequent career. Her four albums to date have been progressively more sophisticated and beautifully produced. Matters of the Heart (the third) is my favourite. Possibly my favourite album of all time. A deep, sophisticated, introspective, subtly melodic, intricately textured, album, with typically socially conscious lyrics, sung with Tracy's characteristically longing, passionate phrasing. Like many of the classic albums that truly endure, it may take many listens before you really appreciate it, but each new playing will reveal more of the beauty of this brilliant album.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CHAPMAN CD TO HAVE January 11, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you are a Chapman fan, take the time to get and listen to this maserpiece that unfortunately did not get the acclaim it deserved. The work on this CD is touching and will give you the same critically social meanings that we have come to know and love in Tracy's work. Get this for your collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape to another place. October 20, 2000
By Judy
Format:Audio CD
I first became aquainted with Tracy Chapman while listening to "New Beginnings". I was instantly captivated by her voice and the mood of the music. I have since bought every CD she's come out with including "Matters of the Heart". This CD is quite different from her earlier work but yet still very much Tracy Chapman. "Bang,Bang,Bang" takes your mind's eye to the hopelessness of a boy that had his opportunities taken from him due to our cultural fear and ignorance. One cannot listen to this song without being deeply touched. My favorite track on this CD is "I Used To Be A Sailor". The melody instantly transports the listener to a place outside the realms of this world. While not my favorite Tracy Chapman CD, it is certainly a "must have" for anyone who wants music that touches their heart and soul.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem August 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Critics and fans tend to treat Matters of the Heart as a creative misstep, but the album is rewarding to the serious Chapman listener. This is a quiet, contemplative album free of songs with pop hooks for airplay. There is no artifice to songs like "I Used to Be a Sailor," where she captures the frustration of a sailor trapped on dry land. The rhythm of the song is like the waves of the sea; the structure of the song itself expresss why the sailor is seduced my motion. The listener's mind, like his, is on the sea.
The album ends with the thoughtful and literate title track and you realize that you've arrived at the end without the artist pandering to her audience for even a moment. This is a strong and brave album which deserves a second look from any serious Chapman fan, whether they prefer her earlier "Fast Car" days or her later "comeback" phase.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best December 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Tracy Chapman is whitout doubt one of ours best songwriter and singer. The first time I played Tracy Chapman in my class, they all thought she was a man, because of her deep vocal but they liked her really much. This album takes you on a journey, to your soul you'll be touch by Bang bang bang, being cying over So, and being moved by I Used to be a sailor. While this album wasn't a big hit I was deep chocked over the way the media purchased this album. I still think this is one of her best albums to date.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Recording May 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Enter Tracy's world of love, forgiveness and peace. Wonderfully crafted songs, which make one hopeful for a better world in the future for our children. She is truly one of the "kind hearts" amidst today's super hectic music business. She is a light in a dark world. She is a singer with a beautiful soul.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True soul music October 8, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This album is aptly named. Tracy does get into the heart of the matter with a lot of matter and a lot of heart. This is good music which expresses a lot of truth and realism without getting lost in anger or sentimentality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening pleasure
Thanks no issues. Great listening pleasure.
Published 3 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
I picked this album up originally on cassette tape because it was 50 cents... and I fell in love with it, so I had to buy the CD as well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by HonestThief
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
Tracy Chapman is the most all around talented artist and vocalist there ever will be. This album is an expression of her inner beauty and the pain she endured that brought her to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carl Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tracy is Terrific
I love all of Tracy Chapman's work and have since her first hit "Fast Car." I am a devoted fan who loves her messages: simple and sincere experiences. Read more
Published 14 months ago by leolady47
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Tracy Music!
This is some quality, outstanding Tracy music. She is truly a great artist and she provide excellent lyrics, vocals, and melodies. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CD music collector
5.0 out of 5 stars matters of the heart tracy chapman
the item came on time and in good condition. there were several songs that i was looking for and this disc had them. a good experiance.
Published 18 months ago by music48
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful CD
I love her music and have for 20+ years. I am never disappointed in her material or using this site from which to order all of my CD'S
Published on July 27, 2010 by jan e.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep topics and wonderful imagery
In Matters of the Heart, Chapman delves into profound topics, as always, using wonderful imagery in describing home life, sadness, and dreams (both the sleeping and yearning kind). Read more
Published on September 10, 2007 by J. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Tracy's best
This is by far my favorite release from Tracy Chapman. You should not hesitate to add this to your collection if you are a fan.
Published on July 12, 2007 by Eric Olson
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