Where You Liveby Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman is that rare artist who can get away with singing lines like "If you saw the face of God and love, would you change?" and not sound at all preachy or hypocritical. Her dusky alto is full of melancholy and sincerity, and even though Where You Live addresses such topics as contemporary politics ("America"), abduction ("3,000 Miles"), and homelessness ("Before Easter"), it is first and foremost a seductive, soulful album. It is also one of Chapman's most beguiling works, in part due to Tchad Blake, who co-produced the album with her. Unlike the clattering, noisy style he favored when working with Los Lobos and the Latin Playboys, Blake allows a lot of space into songs like the pulsing "Never Yours" and the prayerful "Be and Be Not Afraid," and the stellar band built around Joe Gore's guitar and Mitchell Froom's keyboards (and, on three tracks, Flea's bass) offers subtly challenging textures. "I believe in mistakes and accidents / That the nature of life is chaos and confusion," Chapman sings on "Be and Be Not Afraid," but amid that chaos and confusion, Chapman is a calm and steady voice of conscience, and of beauty.
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Performance CreditsTracy Chapman Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Clarinet,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,keyboard bass,Hand Drums
Paul Bushnell Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Flea Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Mitchell Froom Organ,Celeste,Harpsichord,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Joe Gore Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Percussion,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,keyboard bass
Dave Pilch Upright Bass
Quinn Percussion,Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jared Miller Background Vocals
Michael Webster Keyboards,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsTracy Chapman Composer,Producer,Contributor,Audio Production
Tchad Blake Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Steve Jensen Management
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
John Heiden Art Direction
Martin Kirkup Management
Kaskara Cover Photo
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LISTENING 2 "WHERE YOU LIVE" I MUST SAY THAT TRACY IS ONE OF THE MOST DOWN 2 EARTH SINGERS IN MY C.D. COLLECTION!I JUST PUT HER C.D. ON AND SIT BACK & CLOSE MY EYES!I TRULY FEEL HER MUSIC & I WILL CONTINUE 2 HAVE HER C.D.'S ALONG W/ME IN IN HOME &IN MY CAR!!!!JUST PUT HER MUSIC ON & LET HER VOCALS COME 2 "WHERE YOU LIVE"!TRUST ME YOU WON'T BE @ ALL DISAPPOINTED!!
I can't believe it, but she managed to outdo her last album ("Let It Rain") which was a real winner. This recording is subtle and smart...a real joy to listen to and re-listen to. Tracy Chapman is a great talent and I'm surprised that the release of this album didn't get the fanfare of other less impressive stuff.