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NEW ALBUM: Joan Armatrading - Not Too Far Away
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JOAN ARMATRADING ~ Not Too Far Away

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Whoop! What a great start to the weekend! The fabulous Ms Armatrading has released her 19th studio album and it’s as energized and fresh sounding as anything she’s put out there IMHO. I love it … well, I love eight of the ten tracks; the other two will just have to grow on me because I’ll definitely be getting my sticky paws on this one.
  
It’s all about love and affection – relationships, emotions – the personal stuff she does so well, although apparently not of an autobiographical nature. The cool thing is that she’s so direct and unfussy … no problems with wearing of the heart on the sleeve, and yet somehow, she doesn’t sound saccharine … I like it when we’re together … Keep me close in your atmosphere, life intensifies when you’re near … that sort of thing.

The last song is called “Loving What You Hate” which is about how lovable someone is despite their own self-criticisms – those things that make them feel less than confident are the very things that have the most appeal to the person who just loves them, as they are. I like the way she's put this across.

The album is not downbeat and dreary either - sentiment notwithstanding. There are some really vibey numbers that probably wouldn’t make a teenager get up and dance but which might start a toe or two tapping involuntarily!

Yay! Nicely crafted, unmistakeably Armatrading pop songs with a twist – I liked the bass which makes itself known throughout – can’t find the credits so no idea who that is – assuming it’s Joan on guitar and piano – who knows, she might being doing it all! (And in retrospect, I learn that indeed, she is!)

Listen. Enjoy …

The last track … “Loving What You Hate” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uEMWqszWsw

And the title track … 



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a couple of nice tracks there Ruby, thanks
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courtesy of Spotify

haven't heard Joan since probably 85's Secret Secrets
and I have most albums prior to that
just dropped out I guess
my bad
as good as she ever was here
curious if that's a duet on This Is Not That
no mention of it on wiki and Joan can change her voice
but still, just sayin

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Love Joannie !
 The ultimate connection is between a performer and its' audience!
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(23-01-2019, 13:20)Music Head Wrote: courtesy of Spotify

haven't heard Joan since probably 85's Secret Secrets
and I have most albums prior to that
just dropped out I guess
my bad
as good as she ever was here
curious if that's a duet on This Is Not That
no mention of it on wiki and Joan can change her voice
but still, just sayin

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As far as I can tell it's all her MH - aside from Andrew Skeet who is credited with 'orchestra'. Small musical world! He made Seventh Heaven with Anthony Phillips, which wouldn't be your thing, but is mine. Smile
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