The critically-acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning self-titled debut album from Tracy Chapman turns 30 today. Released in 1988, this LP is unique in that it generated mainstream success all while tackling issues on politics in the opening song “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution”, racism “Across the Lines”, domestic abuse “Behind the Wall”.
But Chapman isn’t just a social injustice songwriter as there are songs of love in “Baby Can I Hold You?”, “For My Lover”, “If Not Now…” and the closing song “For You”.
The overall production on the album is subtle and streamline which the focus is unyieldingly on Chapman’s acoustic guitar on the most well-known single “Fast Car”.
EDITOR'S PICKS: “Why?”, “For My Lover”