Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Album of the Week: Joan Armatrading - This Charming Life
Big thumbs up. But Joan Armatrading rarely disappoints. She produced and plays all the instruments, save for the drums, on This Charming Life, her 20th album. It follows the same pattern as her earlier records, falling somewhere between folk and pop. Of the record's style, she says in an interview for The Huffington Post:
"It's rock-pop, but it's my take on this kind of music, and I like lots of different sorts of music. I'm not constantly playing blues, rock, or anything, but I'm very conscious of music. I think I have a way of knowing what the music should be to identify as that genre, like when you hear Into The Blues, it's got a very blues sound to it--the tone of the guitars, the solos, the phrases, the space. When you listen to This Charming Life and you hear "Heading Back To New York City" or "Best Dress On," it's definitely rock. Because I like all these different things, they come to me."
Joan Armatrading: Saint Joan (The Guardian)
"Random Selection" (Don't Dance Her Down Boys)