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Telling Stories

Tracy ChapmanAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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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 (February 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000046Q8B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Over the course of four albums, Tracy Chapman has sold over thirteen million albums worldwide, won four Grammy Awards and garnered tremendous acclaim from fans around the globe. Now, coming off the four-times platinum New Beginning with its number one single "Give Me One Reason", she returns with Telling Stories, an album blossoming with the same potent lore that has become her esteemed trademark. Certified at 500 thousand units by the RIAA. (2/01)

With Telling Stories, her first album since 1995's New Beginnings, Tracy Chapman returns to the spare, unsentimental feel of her early work. In doing so, she recaptures some of the urgency and simple melodiousness that made her debut a soulful folk-rock classic. There's maturity here, exemplified by recurring spiritual metaphors. On "Unsung Psalm" she imagines her funeral, singing, "I'd have a halo and flowing white robes / If I live right." "Wedding Song" offers the plainspoken, devotional line, "I reach out for your hand / For you I'd don a veil." The musical arrangements, too, are pared-down, with ghostly banjo, silvery fiddle, and guitar woven into subtle drum loops. Though not as immediately captivating as her debut, Telling Stories is a focused return to form for Chapman. --Lucy O'Brien

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing Work February 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Amidst all of the dark stories generated by most facets of the media, here is a woman who just beems with light! Even her most heart wrenching songs seems to call up hope from somewhere deep. It is easy to develope expectations from a particular artist in how they should sound based upon previous projects. However, people progress and evolve (most, anyway). I've read reviews by some who say she doesn't groove on "Telling Stories" like she had in the past. That may be. But relax and give this disc a few listens, beginning to end. You'll find it has a powerful and delicious flavor, although delicate. Like a fine wine or a very good scotch. Swirl it around a bit; really taste it! "Telling Stories" is very thoughtful, warm, and reflective. Tracy's voice cuts right into me, as always. Her band did a great job as well: again, very tasty yet subtle. Her music is an absolute blessing to the world! Beauty is only skin deep? Not at all. Tracy Chapman is saturated in it! Thank you, Tracy, for another incredible disc! P.S. - If you're looking for a drummer...
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful "Stories" returns to Tracy Chapman's roots February 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Tracy Chapman fan since I first heard "Baby Can I Hold You" way back in the 1980s. I thought her first album was incredible, but the followups left me a little disappointed. Even though there were very good songs on all the albums, there wasn't much depth or consistency. I got "Telling Stories" on Saturday and have been listening to it ever since. Reviews say it is similar to her first cd, "Tracy Chapman", but to me it seems more like a synthesis of that album and the style of some of her worthier competitors, like Natalie Merchant. If you like Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant, Julia Fordham, or early Everything But The Girl, you should enjoy this cd. One word of caution: the blues grooves that made "Give Me One Reason" such a big hit are missing from this album. The album also flows well from start to finish, for an amazing listening experience.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chapman: A story to be told February 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Telling Stories is a classic Chapman release that will please all fans, but includes some new sounds and rythms that might surprise the first time around. The introductory track and "Speak the Word," the third extract, would not be included in the usual Tracy repertoire. "Unsung Psalm," the sixth song, is certainly the climax of the album; a very peaceful, poetic, and inspiring piece. The songs that follow are far more typical and equal to the standard set in previous Chapman albums. In general, a good release and a sure buy, despite lacking the brilliance of songs such as "Fast Car" or "So."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing February 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am not in the music industry, so I am not sure just how Ms. Chapman does it. With each recording, the sound quality and vocals get better and better. This is one WELL RECORDED album. Additionally, Ms. Chapman's unique vocals captivate and pull the listener into a trance-like dream state (especially with Ms. Harris on background vocals). Pour yourself a nice cup of Joe, curl up with a fuzzy blanket, sit back and enjoy being mezmerized.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She speaks straight from the heart , you know... December 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Music is supposed to be all about communication and expressing your inner thoughts and feelings and Tracy Chapman is one of the few artists around who seems to fully understand and believe that . Her work over the years has been direct and undeniably brave in terms of honesty and sensitivity . In " Telling Stories we meet a more gentle and compelling as always Chapman , singing about lies ( the tittle track ) , love ( " Speak The Word " ) and death ( " Unsung Psalm " ) . The track which in my opinion stands out though is the tender , low-key " Wedding Song " .
One of the best things about this album is to see that , more than a decade after her amazing debut , Chapman's virtues as a singer-songwritter remain intact . Her meticulous lyrics full of self-awareness , her warm , striking voice , her humble personallity - so real and humane you just can't help but admiring are all still here . " Telling Stories " is a record of rare beauty and soul , one to cherish forever and ever .
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Focus, Crystaline Production February 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
More than a return to the production and writing values of her earlier work, I see this album as both a return to her past but a step towards the future. The songs here are shorter, more focused, less about social issues in an abstract sense, and the arrangements are varied. There are some incredible grooves. The treatment of love in the lyrics is varied and original; Chapman has a great way of making simple words somehow transcend their simplicity and become more meaningful. It is owed in part to the musical swells and nuances of the production but also to her beautiful, strident voice that still strikes me as one of the most human I have ever heard. She is one of the best musicians of our time. Although I still find "Fast Car" to be her best song, this might be her best album as a whole.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dull .... but easy listening anyway April 18, 2000
By William
Format:Audio CD
Don't get me wrong, I really like Tracy Chapman - BUT I expected better considering it is 5 years between albums. 'Telling Stories' begins with the title track which has received reasonable airplay in Australia for awhile now. The song eventually grew on me as it is rather catchy, so I went and bought the album. I have listened to the album more than 5 times, and it is rather dull. It is lacking some magic and life, and fails to really deliver. After each track, you wait for the next one to be a little different but they all sound very similar. As mentioned by other readers, the album is very short in that finishes well under 45 minutes. I believe consumers are entitled to a few bonus tracks these days. My favourite tracks include 'The Wedding Song' and 'Unsung Psalm'. The album is probably an ideal purchase if you want background music for a dinner party, but for those who are after some Chapman music - go for the first album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Tracy has a true soul of gold...
Published 3 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tracy Music!
Some very deep and beautiful lyrics. Tracy writes memorable lyrics with a lot of music power. She is truly a wonderful artist. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CD music collector
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased
Happy with the item, the packaging and the time it took to get here. Would buy from this seller again!@
Published on April 30, 2011 by lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much repetition
I love Tracy Chapman, especially her songs Remember the Tinman, For My Lover, Fast Car, Cold Feet, Sorry, Smoke and Ashes, At This Point in My Life, just to name a few. Read more
Published on February 14, 2011 by Sharon Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying just for her cover photographs
OK - well aside from the fact that her cover photos are absolutely GORGEOUS (LOL) this is another fantastic CD. Great back-up musicianship, precussion, violin. Read more
Published on March 25, 2010 by L. Molina
4.0 out of 5 stars T.C. OH YEAH.
Published on September 19, 2009 by Wayne Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST of her best
It doesn't get better than this. The album ranks in my top 5 favorites with 2 songs (Telling Stories and Unsung Psalm) in my top 5 favorite songs ever. Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by Lawrence Hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound
This is a great CD. Unfortunately it's one of the few Tracy Chapman CDs that you can't download off of iTunes, so you'll probably have to buy the CD itself and burn it onto your... Read more
Published on September 23, 2008 by Scott Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?
It's Tracey Chapman...great from start to finish...a little bit of everything, in true Tracey style.
Published on August 30, 2008 by E. Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Telling Stories
Much of Tracy Chapman's music seems to work best for me when I let it creep up on me; I find myself caught by a phrase she wove into a song, or surprised by the little inflections... Read more
Published on March 18, 2008 by D. Mason
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