Rebirth of a Storyteller
four years since Tracy Chapman last released an album, but
despite having extensive time off the American singer-songwriter
has managed to pick up exactly where she left off with her
new CD, Telling Stories.
with 11 tracks of sincerity and realism, Chapman fans will
be more than happy that her career has regained momentum in
the new millennium while retaining the old qualities that
first drove her fame in 1988 with "Fast Car."( RealAudio
very tight and vocally extremely strong, Telling Stories
sees Chapman back at her best, tackling tough subject matter
in an honest and soothingly listenable fashion. An example
of this can be heard on her first single, "Telling Strories."
Psalm" she idealizes about the after-life for do-gooders
This is matched in sheer power by "Less Than Strangers"
a song dealing with relationship break ups. Blessed
with guest vocals from Emmylou Harris on "The Only One,"
a great moment is created with a steel guitar as the pair
ask "Does Heaven have enough angels yet?"
depressing in its nature, Telling Stories is certainly
not party music, but it is Chapman at her quiet, therapeutic
best. It is the intelligent and peaceful style that has seen
her called upon to perform at some of the most important live
events of the last 15 years, including London's Freedomfest
for Nelson Mandela.
her 10 million selling debut album in the 80s, Chapman has
grown stronger and more effective and is now one of the few
artists entering her third decade of entertainment.