Album of the Day
Matters of the Heart
Tracy Chapman's breakthrough 1988 debut announced the arrival of a major talent in no uncertain terms, and four years later MATTERS OF THE HEART showed her continued growth as a singer-songwriter. As you might guess from its title, the 1992 Elektra set shifts some of the performer's focus from societal problems to personal concerns, but Chapman's nuanced lyrics and passionate delivery remain as persuasive as ever. Stylistically, the collection touches upon blues, jazz and world music while remaining listener-friendly; several seasoned hitmakers (including members of The Heartbreakers, The E Street Band and Bobby Womack) lend their instrumental skills to these ten originals. Direct and powerful, MATTERS OF THE HEART still cuts straight to the heart, and we'll give it another spin now to celebrate International Women’s Day.