Let It Rain

Let It Rain

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by Tracy Chapman

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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…  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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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Irrespective of the ups and downs of her career, Tracy Chapman has had one thing going for her that a number of singer/songwriters lack: a major label. This assures that she'll always get what every performer wants: a fair hearing and perhaps even radio exposure. On Let It Rain, Chapman turns in another introspective album that flows quietly from track to track and will remind listeners of New Beginning (1995) and Telling Stories (2000). The album begins with a sequence of warm, easygoing songs. "Another Sun" finds a slow, bluesy groove that perfectly matches Chapman's soulful lyric, while "In the Dark" explores the murky undercurrent of relationships. There's a loose quality to many of Chapman's lyrics, meaning that a number of things can be read into them. On the title cut, she expresses an openness to everything that the rain brings, whether it's good or bad. "Almost" evokes the spiritual longing familiar to anyone who's come very close, but still fell short, of attaining a dream, a goal, or a perfect relationship. John Parish's full arrangements and warm production provide a sympathetic setting for Chapman's songs and vocals. The only grievance one might find with Let It Rain is that many of the songs have a similar feel and lack distinctive melodies to keep them from blending together. Fans who have enjoyed Chapman's recent albums, however, will enjoy Let It Rain's evocative lyrics and lovely vocals.
Entertainment Weekly - Kristina Feliciano
This is the CD you play on the drive home after the breakup, the pavement getting sucked under the tires of your fast car. (B)

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Elektra / Wea


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tracy 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 Credits

Tracy Chapman   Composer,Producer
Paul DuGre   Engineer
John Parish   Producer
Jim Herrington   Cover Photo
Jay Blakesberg   Inlay Photography

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Let It Rain 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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"
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.