For Where You Live
musician Tracy Chapman wanted to keep the production and performance aspect simple and pared-down. According to Tracy, "this approach creates an opportunity for more emotion." The lady speaks the truth. Where You Live
is straight-up raw and it gets high marks for achieving that simple and pared-down effect. "Talk To You" is nothing short of perfection, four minutes of sparse, sad soul music sung to a departing lover. The next cut "3,000 Miles" is about a different longing, a poetry-rich track that captures the desperation of isolation, alone in a city filled with violence, and a yearning to be in a safe space. By virtue of being a folk singer with deep convictions, Chapman has not been shy about tackling difficult topics. On this release, "America" is easily the most political, a dialogue on appropriation starting from Christopher Columbus to the present day. Surprisingly, the discs first single "Change" is one of the least gut-wrenching on the disc, so those who arent a fan of the song best not be put off by it. Incredibly, Where You Live
marks Chapmans 20th anniversary as a recording artist. Along the way, songs such as "Fast Car", "Talkin Bout A Revolution" and "Give Me One Reason" have demonstrated her amazing power. On Where You Live
, her testament to musical simplicity is a good move, allowing this important singer/songwriter a chance to showcase beauty, fragility and a magically incendiary spirit. --Denise Sheppard
After 3 years of silence, Tracy Chapman comes back with her 7th album. A new opus vibratiing with the sound of her voice. Features her first single 'Change'. Warner. 2005.