Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. As a three-time Grammy Award-nominee, Armatrading was nominated twice for BRIT Awards as Best Female Artist. She also received an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996. In a recording career spanning 40 years, Armatrading has released 18 studio albums, as well as several live albums and compilations.
This Charming Life is the seventeenth studio album by British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading, and was released on 30 March 2010. This Charming Life is the second of a trilogy of albums by Armatrading each concerned with a specific genre of music. She wrote and produced three albums focused on blues, rock and jazz music respectively, and This Charming Life is the second of these, and is an album that focuses on "guitar-driven rock".
When an artist releases something as profoundly moving as Lovers Speak, critical acumen doesn't mean a damned thing. Joan Armatrading's first album proper in five years is a startling testament of artistic integrity, searing emotional honesty, and musical accessibility and sophistication that is literally unmatched by anything on the current musical scene. In fact, the only comparable album from 2003 is Annie Lennox's Bare. But where the latter is an album of confessions and exorcism, Lovers Speak is an unflinching look at the language of love from all sides. It is an investigation into the experience of love, its languishing and loss, and the redemption it is capable of rewarding to those who persevere and refine themselves through heartache and acceptance and tolerance.
Recorded live at Wembley Arena, London, 20/6/86. Dire Straits, Phil Collins, Big Country, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Joan Armatrading, Rod Stewart, Howard Jones, Midge Ure, Level 42.
Box set, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year of "Free Soul," a popular compilation series that focus on soul music songs mainly taken from the 1970's.
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