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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000A3DG8A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After 3 years of silence, Tracy Chapman comes back with her 7th album. A new opus vibratiing with the sound of her voice. Features her first single 'Change'. Warner. 2005.

For Where You Live musician Tracy Chapman wanted to keep the production and performance aspect simple. According to Tracy, "this approach creates an opportunity for more emotion." The lady speaks the truth. Where You Live is straight-up raw and gets high marks for achieving that pared-down effect. "Talk to You" is nothing short of perfection--four minutes of sparse, sad soul music sung to a departing lover. The next cut "3,000 Miles" is about a different longing, a poetry-rich track that captures the desperation of isolation, alone in a city filled with violence, and a yearning to be in a safe space. By virtue of being a folk singer with deep convictions, Chapman has not been shy about tackling difficult topics. On this release, "America" is easily the most political, a dialogue on appropriation starting from Christopher Columbus to the present day. Surprisingly, the disc’s first single, "Change" is one of the least gut-wrenching, so those who aren’t fans of the song best not be put off by it. Incredibly, Where You Live marks Chapman’s 20th anniversary as a recording artist. Along the way, songs such as "Fast Car," "Talkin’ 'Bout a Revolution" and "Give Me One Reason" have demonstrated her amazing power. On Where You Live, her testament to musical simplicity is a good move, allowing this important singer/songwriter a chance to showcase beauty, fragility, and a magically incendiary spirit. --Denise Sheppard

Customer Reviews

The lyrics are wonderful - a rich and marvellous piece of magic.
L. J. W. Cych
With lyrics like "spoke of peace, but raged a war... you're still conquering America."
Marcus L. Dupree
This album shows and defines the true artistry of what is "folk music".

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Tracey Chapman is one of the more underrated performers of the last twenty years. Every two or three years she releases an album filled with quality songs. Where You Live is no exception to this rule. The album is an appealing mixture of socially aware and deep lyrics set to an easy flowing mid-tempo beat. Ms. Chapman has one of the warmest voices in music and she employs it to perfection on tracks like "Never Yours", "3,000 Miles", "Before Easter" and the highlight track "Talk To You". "America" is another classic political charged song from Ms. Chapman and lets hope she continues to shine a light on the issues as she has done so admirably well for so long.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John C. Bergeron on September 15, 2005
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With "Where You Live," Tracy Chapman continues to build on an important body of work. Her most consistent virtue (one among many!) is the choice she obviously made from day one, to use her wonderful writing and performing skills as tools to strip away the veneer of our daily comforts, and talk to us honestly about who we are, and where we are going. For many Americans, listening to the songs in this moving release will be like looking into a mirror, and for the rest of us, I hope they serve as an alarm of sorts, and an indelible reminder that this is where we all live. On several of these songs, Tracy's voice reminds me of the late great Nina Simone. Given the substance of their respective bodies of work, I believe both of them would be very comfortable with this comparison. This is a great record!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. J. Horan on November 19, 2005
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I wanted to post a review on this site to tell everyone that I recently attended Ms. Chapman's Edinburgh concert on 6th November which was part of her world tour. I've always had the greatest respect for her music and own most of her albums. Her "Debut" and "Matters of the Heart" albums have always been my favourites. She spoke to the audience on several occasions and came across as a shy, lovely and warm person. She sang all her most famous songs and many of the less well-known, yet equally powerful numbers from all of her albums. I can't begin to describe how this live concert confirmed in my mind just what a great gift to music her art is. It was truly affecting how she clasped her hands together in front of her while singing "Behind the Wall" and later performed "The Promise". It was all so incredibly moving. Of course, she sang about 4 or 5 numbers from her new album "Where You Live". She appeared so dramatic standing between two large drums (which she played), with her guitar around her shoulders while singing "America". It forcibly struck me how powerfully her songs communicated in the context of a live concert when perhaps certain of her more abstract songs are a little difficult to understand in the more intimate setting of one's own room or on a discman. I enjoyed this new album. It continues her tradition of great song-writing, offering thought-provoking, moving, conscience music. Treasure her America! She's that rare breed of an enduring Artist whose music is more relevant than ever in a somewhat jaded world.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William M. Feagin on June 5, 2006
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When her eponymous debut appeared in the summer of '88, Tracy Chapman was compared by many to Joan Armatrading, the most immediate and likely comparison people could think of--Joan, like Tracy, had a deep, soulful voice that she used to great effect on some really fine original songs. Frankly, however, that's where the comparison really ended.

As a fan of both, I can say there are significant differences--both have warm voices, but Joan's is more suited to jazz and R&B ("Someone said she's too black/And someone else said she's not black enough for me"), whereas Tracy's voice is folkier and a bit more raw in places. Perhaps a fairer comparison would be between Tracy Chapman and the legendary (and still performing in 2006) Odetta, since Joan hasn't worked in the folk genre since her very first album, Whatever's For Us (1973). Furthermore, their choice of material is very different; Tracy sings many more social and political songs, whereas Joan sticks mainly to love and relationship themes (especially notable on her most recent studio album, 2003's Lovers Speak, which I highly recommend, by the way...but I digress).

That said, Where You Live is truly a return to form for Tracy. Tchad Blake produced this album and remained faithful to Tracy's vision of a more stripped-down album, much in the vein of her first two albums; after those, she became very uneven. I didn't care greatly for 1992's Matters of the Heart and thus strayed away, only really paying attention when individual tracks like "Give Me One Reason" and "You're the One" would receive airplay.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on October 6, 2005
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"Where You Live" is Chapman's 7th studio album, and it continues much in the same musical vein as her previous two albums, 2002's "Let It Rain" and 2000's "Telling Stories". Lyrically, Chapman is always on the money, and here she plies the same thematic ground familiar to her listeners such as racism, caste systems, oppression, relationships, the environment, and self-assessment. Every album of hers is consistent in the songwriting department and "Where You Live" is no exception.

So let me say this, as a Chapman fan from the very beginning, back when "Fast Car" was played on MTV (yes, that biodegradable music channel). I believe that musically, 1988's "Tracy Chapman", 1989's "Crossroads" and 1992's "Matters Of The Heart" had more to them in the melody and variety departments. Chapman's more recent work appears to be lacking in originality, but not in sentiment or honesty. With 17 years of recording behind her, why not take some musical chances? I really enjoyed "America" because it seemed like something new. I think she could have a hit with that one. The rest of the songs are finely written, but musically nothing new from Ms. Chapman. She's proven herself as a female Bob Dylan, and even sits next to Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Joan Baez, Carole King, Carly Simon, Janis Ian, Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen as a great songwriter, but the difference is most of those artists stretched themselves creatively and musically as artists.

One weakness about Chapman is her deliberateness. in 17 years not a trace of irony, humor or lightheartedness.

"Where You Live" should satisfy core fans like myself, but if you are new, try starting at the beginning with her self-titled debut and work your way up.
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