Tracy Chapman has just come out with her first album in four years- "Telling Stories." It will be her fifth record. The previous four, the first one of which came out in 1988, sold over 13 million copies. Actually, about half a million copies of her first album, "Tracy Chapman," released at first on vinyl by the record company "Amiga," were sold in Russia by "Melodia." Chapman has already won four Grammy Awards, including one in 1996 for best rock song of the year, "Give Me One Reason," from her second to last album, "New Beginning."
Tracy worked on the new album in collaboration with her old producer David Kerschenbaum, famous for his work on the albums of Tori Amos. The music of "Telling Stories" is a good example of what Tracy has been famous for- creative pop-rock "for adults," with beautiful melodies and intelligent lyrics. The incomparable vocal style of the singer has not undergone any changes. Most of the songs are based on a contrasting, melodic guitar sound, accompanied by the nostalgic atmosphere reminding the listener of Reagan-era America: racial problems, dead-end lifestyles in the suburbs and black ghettoes, domestic violence, and also honest American beauty and happiness.
Chapman will spend almost all of 2000 on tour for the release of her album, and her concerts will include all of her musical ensemble. The producers of Elektra Records promise that the album and performances of Tracy Chapman will be some of the brightest musical events of the year.
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