Tracy Chapman was a favourite of mine until mid-90s. I sort of lost track of her music because she did not release anything until 2000s Telling Stories. That is a long time to not release music. Fans move on, styles and taste change. I had her eponymous debut album. In fact, it reminds me of Kether a girl I worked with. We were good friends until I moved on to my next phase of life. She accused me of not being a good friend, even though I was always there for her. I did not feel she was there for me unless she wanted something. Typical of my “friends”. She got married and we have not spoken since she made the accusation to me.
This album has so many great songs. My favourites are “Baby Can I Hold You“, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution“, “Fast Car“, and “If Not Now…”. It is one of the best contemporary folk albums of the late 80s.
I think this was a great debut for Chapman. It has a few songs that I find hard to swallow. I think I prefer New Beginning, but I would have to listen to it again to be certain. I really like her vocals on this album. 8.9/10.