Matters of the Heart

Matters of the Heart

by Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman


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Less bold and angry than her previous work, Chapman paces Matters of the Heart over an acoustic course that touches equally on personal vignettes and social commentary. With her fluid, rapid-fire delivery, Chapman takes aim at society and lands several direct hits devoid of self-righteousness: songs about the downtrodden ("Bang Bang Bang"), feminism ("Woman's Work"), and freedom ("I Used to Be a Sailor"). The album's centerpiece is "If These Are the Things," a subtle, passionate masterpiece about coming to grips with innocence lost. A couple of songs suffer from too much sweetening in the studio, diluting the impact of Chapman's potent lyrics. The extraneous bells and whistles dressing up "Dreaming on a World" provide the most obvious example of a trend Chapman would do well to avoid in the future.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/1992
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596121521
catalogNumber: 61215
Rank: 53652

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tracy Chapman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Larry Williams   Keyboards
Omar Hakim   Drums
Mike Campbell   Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Roy Bittan   Accordion,Keyboards
Mino Cinelu   Percussion
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Bob Glaub   Bass
Nellee Hooper   Percussion
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Manu Katché   Drums
Larry Klein   Bass
Tony Levin   Bass
Vernon Reid   Electric Guitar
Steve Thornton   Percussion
Waddy Wachtel   Electric Guitar
Randy Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Tracy Chapman   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
David Bianco   Engineer
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Nellee Hooper   Engineer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Thom Panunzio   Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Engineer
Femi Jiya   Engineer
Bradshaw Leigh   Engineer

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