Lovers Speakby Joan Armatrading
Born in the West Indies and raised in England, singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading established herself as one of pop music's singular voices with spunky hits like 1976's "Love and Affection" and 1980's "Me Myself I," and provided a template for singer-songwriters from Tracy Chapman to Chrissie Hynde. With the self-produced Lovers Speak, Armatrading breaks an eight-year silence, returning with a confident, understated album that spotlights the depth of her voice and verse. Boasting a gentler sound than her best-known works, Lovers Speak casts Armatrading's latest batch of songs in simple but effective arrangements rich with piano, acoustic guitar, and discreet rhythms. But that's all just a backdrop for her soulful vocals, which soar on the buoyant title track, the chiming "Ocean," and the poignant ballad "Less Happy More Often." Armatrading focuses on poetic dissections of relationships, from the spirited celebration "Let's Talk About Us" to the prayerlike "In These Times," in which she suggests that in such an unsettled world we should "be thankful of all the days we can spend together." Elsewhere, the lively singer can't contain her energy on songs about relationships that are disconnected ("Physical Pain") or about to connect ("Waiting"). On the bright, jazzy "Love Bug" she invites a brass section to invigorate the arrangement, providing a nice contrast to this personal and personable collection of resounding folk-pop.
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Joan Armatradings' "Lover's Speak" is an excellent CD. She continues to try new sounds and styles to create a very interesting and rich sounding recording. I particularly love the songs "Tender Trap" and "In These Times". They are classic songs that any Armatrading fan will enjoy. The CD contains some great acoustic guitar and piano playing, not to mention Armatrading's excellent lyrics and vocals. I think this her best CD since her more rock oriented CD "Walk Under Ladders", which is still my personal favorite by her. Go out and get this one.
Many great songs on this collection. Haven't heard anything new from Joan in what (8 years) but with so many choice albums over the years this is just another high light in a career thats been going strong since the early 70's believe it or not. "Lovers Speak" takes repeated listens to find the true beauty of her writing and singing and rich melodies abound. Take the time to get to know this one. So many quickly put the cd on and judge, let it live with you for awhile and it WILL GROW ON YOU. I really enjoyed her last collection as well (though different) both highlight her still powerful vocals and style. Favorites on here, "Love Bug", "Prove Yourself", "Fire and Ice", "Lovers Speak", "Physical Pain", "Tender Trap", "You made your bed" and especially the timely "In these times" deliver what we expect when Joan releases something new. Good stuff!