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Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading

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Joan Armatrading's eponymous third album is a charmer, almost single-handedly elevating her into the ranks of rock's leading female artists. Up to this point, Armatrading had shown that she had a lovely voice and an ear for interesting arrangements, but her work had been steeped in the folk idiom of the early '70s. Her third album changed all that, with producer Glyn Johns bringing in members of Gallagher & Lyle, Fairport Convention, and the Faces to punch up her folksy sound with elements of rock, country, and disco. The result is her most muscular music to date, with Armatrading adopting a swagger that showed her tales of unluckiness in love didn't have to have dire consequences ("Tall in the Saddle," "Water With the Wine"). Of course, it helped that the record featured her best material delivered in a wonderfully expressive voice that can capture the shades between song and speech like a sweeter version of Ian Anderson. "Down to Zero" (which features pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole) and "Love and Affection" are the album's most memorable tracks, the latter breaking into the U.K.'s Top Ten (the album itself made the U.K. Top 20). But what endears this record to fans is the quality of each song; it wouldn't be fair to call anything here filler. The artsy and eclectic "Like Fire," the beautiful ballad "Save Me," and the ingratiating melodies of "Somebody Who Loves You" are just as likely to strike a chord with listeners as the better-known cuts. While Glyn Johns deserves credit for bringing Joan Armatrading's songs into a more flattering setting -- it's not coincidental that the record feels like a polished version of The Who by Numbers -- his real stroke of genius was letting the artist flower to her full potential. For many, this album remains the high point in her catalog.
© Dave Connolly /TiVo

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1
Down To Zero
00:03:50

Joan Armatrading, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GLYN JOHNS, Producer

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Help Yourself
00:04:05

Joan Armatrading, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GLYN JOHNS, Producer

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Water With The Wine
00:02:50

Joan Armatrading, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GLYN JOHNS, Producer

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Love And Affection
00:04:31

Joan Armatrading, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GLYN JOHNS, Producer - Clarke Peters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Jewell, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Save Me
00:03:38

Joan Armatrading, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GLYN JOHNS, Producer

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Join The Boys
00:04:51

Joan Armatrading, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GLYN JOHNS, Producer

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
People
00:03:32

Joan Armatrading, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GLYN JOHNS, Producer

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Somebody Who Loves You
00:03:36

Joan Armatrading, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GLYN JOHNS, Producer

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Like Fire
00:05:12

Joan Armatrading, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GLYN JOHNS, Producer

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Tall In The Saddle
00:05:42

Joan Armatrading, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GLYN JOHNS, Producer

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Joan Armatrading's eponymous third album is a charmer, almost single-handedly elevating her into the ranks of rock's leading female artists. Up to this point, Armatrading had shown that she had a lovely voice and an ear for interesting arrangements, but her work had been steeped in the folk idiom of the early '70s. Her third album changed all that, with producer Glyn Johns bringing in members of Gallagher & Lyle, Fairport Convention, and the Faces to punch up her folksy sound with elements of rock, country, and disco. The result is her most muscular music to date, with Armatrading adopting a swagger that showed her tales of unluckiness in love didn't have to have dire consequences ("Tall in the Saddle," "Water With the Wine"). Of course, it helped that the record featured her best material delivered in a wonderfully expressive voice that can capture the shades between song and speech like a sweeter version of Ian Anderson. "Down to Zero" (which features pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole) and "Love and Affection" are the album's most memorable tracks, the latter breaking into the U.K.'s Top Ten (the album itself made the U.K. Top 20). But what endears this record to fans is the quality of each song; it wouldn't be fair to call anything here filler. The artsy and eclectic "Like Fire," the beautiful ballad "Save Me," and the ingratiating melodies of "Somebody Who Loves You" are just as likely to strike a chord with listeners as the better-known cuts. While Glyn Johns deserves credit for bringing Joan Armatrading's songs into a more flattering setting -- it's not coincidental that the record feels like a polished version of The Who by Numbers -- his real stroke of genius was letting the artist flower to her full potential. For many, this album remains the high point in her catalog.
© Dave Connolly /TiVo

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