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Animal, Mineral, Physical, Spiritual
on May 14, 2011
Joan Armatrading's new "Live @ the Royal Albert Hall" blazes out of my changer. She has been smoking hot with her most recent studio releases and this live set has such dynamic clarity to the recording that you feel like you're right with her in London. The set opens with a blazing version of "A Woman in Love" with Joan's stinging guitar sizzling out of the speaker conveying such urgency. "Something's Gotta Blow" which was originally in her 2007 CD Into the Blues smokes & sizzles with urban discontent. "Come to me baby, stay by my side; don't try to fake it with little white lies," Joan sings trying to salvage a faithless lover on "Promises," originally from her amazing CD This Charming Life. IMHO, her guitar work rivals Neil Young's best in sheer intensity. "Love & Affection" was originally on 1979's album "Steppin' Out" and shines with Gary Foote's moody sax solo. "My Baby's Gone" was in my personal top ten a few years ago and stings with a maelstrom of electric guitar. "The Weakness in Me," which was on Joan's 1981 CD Walk Under Ladders twitters with vulnerability as she is drawn into an affair, "To you I gave my affection right from the start." John Giblin's bass throbs addictively in "Heading Back to New York City." The CD does not let down with the naughty "Call Me Names" and "Drop the Pilot" with its chorus, "Animal, mineral, physical, spiritual, I'm the one you need." There are also DVD/CD and a longer import version available. This is a dynamic set from an amazing singer & unique songwriter. Bravo!