Let It Rainby Tracy Chapman
On Let It Rain, Tracy Chapman takes a U-turn from the glossy folk-pop of 2000's Telling Stories, and the road leads her to some of the most exciting, challenging destinations of her impressive career. Chapman produced the album with John Parish, who's best known for his work with/a>/i>/a>/i>… See more details below
On Let It Rain, Tracy Chapman takes a U-turn from the glossy folk-pop of 2000's Telling Stories, and the road leads her to some of the most exciting, challenging destinations of her impressive career. Chapman produced the album with John Parish, who's best known for his work with alternative-rock queen PJ Harvey, and Let It Rain is full of spacious, haunting settings for Chapman's evocative, intimate lyrics. With Tom Waits's guitarist, Joe Gore, and Beck's drummer, Joey Waronker, helping to anchor the restrained and atmospheric arrangements, songs such as "Almost" and "I Am Yours" are both appealingly melodic and artfully complex. Chapman's never been a cheery writer; the power of her burnished, smoky voice comes from its weary, introspective quality. But she tempers the disillusionment of "Another Sun," "Broken," and "In the Dark" with a prayerful quality that underlies much of the rest of the album. "Give me hope/that help is coming/when I need it most" goes the title track's refrain; it's an expression less of despair than of optimistic longing. "Say Hallelujah" is a spiritual built on a syncopated bass line and handclaps, and the jaunty "You're the One" is an open declaration of love, albeit for someone others call "uncouth, untamed and unrestrained"; it's the album's most exuberant track. Throughout Let It Rain, Chapman and company mingle shadows and light, and the result is something very beautiful.
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- Elektra / Wea
Performance CreditsTracy Chapman Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Clarinet,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Electric Banjo
Matthew Brubeck Cello
Steve Hunter Electric Guitar
Jeanie Tracy Background Vocals
Larry Taylor Upright Bass
Jeremy Cohen Violin
Joe Gore Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Bazouki,gourd,Lap Steel Guitar
Greg Leisz Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Mando-Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
John Parish Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals
Patrick Warren Organ,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Bells,Tack Piano
Joey Waronker Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Hand Clapping,Cajon,Shaker
Linda Ghidossi de Luca Viola
Carla Kihlstedt Violin
Andy Stoller Bass
Technical CreditsTracy Chapman Composer,Producer
Paul DuGre Engineer
John Parish Producer
Jim Herrington Cover Photo
Jay Blakesberg Inlay Photography
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As always Tracy Chapman found the right melodies & the right words to go with them. It slightly resembles her earlier work, but with new influences. One who knows Chapman, knows she likes & uses strong lyrics. The title track "Let it rain" is very good. I also enjoyed "Another sun" & "Hard wired"
Armatrading, my heart's delight, must drop soon, cause Ms. Chapman has made a seriously decisive intrusion with a her magnificient suite of tunes. Haunting lyrics, easy, flowing melodies. Maybe loss in my life is echoed in her stories; the constant search for who knows who or what, relief? Beginnings, endings, the emptiness between. Waiting for that one who could make it all better? Tracy Chapman's voice will waft between the wisps of wind and the patter of warm, sweet, rain in the most honest regions of my dreams like enveloping arms of the lovingly familiar.
What can I say? Tracy never fails to let us down. The arrangements on this album are exceptional. Her ska version of "Hungry Like the Wolf" is sure to be a crowd pleaser for at least the rest of the year. Try listening to this one with the speakers disconnected. It's been three days since my last bowel movement and it feels like I have a lump of charcoal lodged in my anus. I woke up in my neighbors' shrubs this morning. You've got a fast car, but I've got the ticket to anywhere.