Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

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Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby GoogaMooga » 03 Nov 2020, 17:56

Joan Armatrading - what kind of music is it anyway? It's not soul, and it rocks too hard for it to be pop, soul rock perhaps? I am playing a Spectrum budget comp of hers right now - it's all a bit nondescript. Competent, professional, but nothing memorable.

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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby slightbreeze » 03 Nov 2020, 17:58

Christ, yes. We saw her as support to Supertramp, mid to late 70's, and she made Supertramp sound like Black Flag. She's comes across as very sincere, but zzzzzzzzzz

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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 03 Nov 2020, 18:22

It's not because she is black that she automatically sings blues or soul.

I'd call it pop-rock for want of a better word.

Never followed her after those 6-7 early albums but I liked what I heard.

Her live album Steppin' Out is strong from start to finish.
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Postby Positive Passion » 03 Nov 2020, 18:49

Boring? You are kidding. Absolutely one of the greats with a huge and hugely varied output, and an unmistakeable voice. Sensational live when she played with a full band.
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Postby slightbreeze » 03 Nov 2020, 20:26

Positive Passion wrote:Boring? You are kidding. Absolutely one of the greats with a huge and hugely varied output, and an unmistakeable voice. Sensational live when she played with a full band.
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Perhaps we saw her less talented twin sister :D

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Postby GoogaMooga » 03 Nov 2020, 20:28

I know I've got a bunch of her albums, picked them up for 50 p each. I might just take them to Accord.
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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby GoogaMooga » 03 Nov 2020, 20:29

Tracy Chapman did that sort of thing better. I'm keeping hers for now.
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Postby Purgatory Brite » 03 Nov 2020, 22:22

Joan Armatrading is not solely a singer/songwriter strumming away on an acoustic guitar. Her 2007 album Into The Blues showed that she was capable of much more musically. I saw her live a few years after, and she could play in a similar firey style to Stevie Ray Vaughan.


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Postby Minnie the Minx » 04 Nov 2020, 00:34

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Postby Sam Stone » 04 Nov 2020, 10:20

Like what I've heard but not to the point where I've ever felt the need to buy a Best Of or go and see one of her gigs

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Postby Belle Lettre » 11 Nov 2020, 18:56

I always found her so
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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby Mike Boom » 11 Nov 2020, 22:00



This is still wonderful

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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby trans-chigley express » 11 Nov 2020, 23:23

A little but boring perhaps, but also a little bit good from what little I've heard. I bought a best of on the strength of Love and Affection and was not disappointed with the rest of the album which was strong throughout. I've since bought her self titled album and enjoy that too and would not hesitate to get more.

Her style seems pretty varied: part folk, soul, blues, pop etc. Her poppier stuff is the weakest to my ears (Drop the Pilot is my least favourite song on her Greatest Hits set) but thankfully there does not seem too much of that.

I'm not sure about the Tracy Chapman comparisons as I haven't heard enough other than her few hits. She doesn't seem to have anything as sublime as Love and Affection in her catalogue to draw me in.

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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby Neige » 12 Nov 2020, 07:13

No (and certainly less so than Tracy Chapman)

Positive Passion wrote:Boring? You are kidding. Absolutely one of the greats with a huge and hugely varied output, and an unmistakeable voice. Sensational live when she played with a full band.
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This.

Here's an excerpt from the live album Yves mentioned [the instrumental bit with the guitar solo is in my top twenty best moments in music ever, still stops me in my tracks 40 years on!!!]




But for the record, I don't like Drop The Pilot much either.
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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 12 Nov 2020, 10:28

Drop the Pilot, yeah. She will always be pinned down on that one song.

A bit like Allright Now is the only Free song most people know.
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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby soundchaser » 12 Nov 2020, 18:01

Mike Boom wrote:

This is still wonderful


It’s a perfect song. I only have a greatest hits, which makes for lovely late night listening. Not boring at all.

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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby trans-chigley express » 14 Nov 2020, 04:41

Neige wrote:
Here's an excerpt from the live album Yves mentioned [the instrumental bit with the guitar solo is in my top twenty best moments in music ever, still stops me in my tracks 40 years on!!!]




I must get this live album

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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby GoogaMooga » 14 Nov 2020, 05:18

Maybe the problem is I only have individual albums by her, a comp might be better in her case.
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Re: Is Joan Armatrading a little bit boring?

Postby soundchaser » 14 Nov 2020, 07:20

Neige wrote:Here's an excerpt from the live album Yves mentioned [the instrumental bit with the guitar solo is in my top twenty best moments in music ever, still stops me in my tracks 40 years on!!!]




But for the record, I don't like Drop The Pilot much either.


Thanks, that was a beautiful solo, I’ll stream the album. And for the record, I love Drop The Pilot. Infectious pop.