Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading

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Joan Armatrading's eponymous third album is a charmer, almost single-handedly elevating her into the ranks of rock's leading female artists. Up to this point, Armatrading had shown that she had a lovely voice and an ear for interesting arrangements, but her work had been steeped in the folk idiom of the early '70s. Her third album changed all that, with producer Glyn… See more details below

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Joan Armatrading's eponymous third album is a charmer, almost single-handedly elevating her into the ranks of rock's leading female artists. Up to this point, Armatrading had shown that she had a lovely voice and an ear for interesting arrangements, but her work had been steeped in the folk idiom of the early '70s. Her third album changed all that, with producer Glyn Johns bringing in members of Gallagher & Lyle, Fairport Convention, and the Faces to punch up her folksy sound with elements of rock, country, and disco. The result is her most muscular music to date, with Armatrading adopting a swagger that showed her tales of unluckiness in love didn't have to have dire consequences ("Tall in the Saddle," "Water With the Wine"). Of course, it helped that the record featured her best material delivered in a wonderfully expressive voice that can capture the shades between song and speech like a sweeter version of Ian Anderson. "Down to Zero" (which features pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole) and "Love and Affection" are the album's most memorable tracks, the latter breaking into the U.K.'s Top Ten (the album itself made the U.K. Top 20). But what endears this record to fans is the quality of each song; it wouldn't be fair to call anything here filler. The artsy and eclectic "Like Fire," the beautiful ballad "Save Me," and the ingratiating melodies of "Somebody Who Loves You" are just as likely to strike a chord with listeners as the better-known cuts. While Glyn Johns deserves credit for bringing Joan Armatrading's songs into a more flattering setting -- it's not coincidental that the record feels like a polished version of The Who by Numbers -- his real stroke of genius was letting the artist flower to her full potential. For many, this album remains the high point in her catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Fontana A&M
UPC:
0075021322820
catalogNumber:
213228
Rank:
61095

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Tracks

  1. Down To Zero
  2. Help Yourself
  3. Water With The Wine
  4. Love And Affection
  5. Save Me
  6. Join The Boys
  7. People
  8. Somebody Who Loves You
  9. Like Fire
  10. Tall In The Saddle

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Armatrading   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Donahue   Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Bryn Haworth   Guitar,Mandolin
Jimmy Jewell   Saxophone
Dave Markee   Bass
Tony Carr   Drums
B.J. Cole   Steel Guitar
Graham Lyle   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Pete   Background Vocals
Brian Rogers   Strings
Peter Wood   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Kenney Jones   Drums
Leroy Champaign   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer

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