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 discs first single, "Change" is one of the least gut-wrenching, so those who arent fans of the song best not be put off by it. Incredibly, Where You Live
marks Chapmans 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