1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

633. Joan Armatrading – Joan Armatrading

Brief Background: Joan Armatrading is the self titled third album by the British singer. It was released in 1976.

What I think: I had never even heard Armatrading’s name before listening to this album and that’s a shame, because this album is something everyone should hear. It does have a bit of cheesy coffee shop acoustic jazz at times, but if you are able to look back it you will find some really amazing music. To me it’s sort of a stripped back version of what Van Morrison does, at the same time, it really sounds like it would have been an influence on 1990’s female singers. I hear a lot of Linda Perry from 4 non-blondes in it.  Initially, I would say the highlights are “Down to Zero” and “Love and Affection”, but as I listen to it again I haven’t heard anything disagreeable. “Love and Affection” though is on another level, there is a great bass voice, with Armatrading’s playing off and then the backing vocals kick in. Behind all that you have a simple acoustic band with an alto saxaphone noodling. It’s a slow burn masterpiece and I just want to listen to it over and over.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to?  An album like this is why I’m doing this project. I will not only listen to this album regularly, but will check out the rest of her albums as well.

Rating (Out of 5) 4.5

Amazon Rating of Joan Armatrading: 4.7/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (287/369)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%


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