Where You Live
Since driving to the top with her breakthrough hit "Fast Car," Tracy Chapman has racked up a lot of mileage in her career. Although she never duplicated the success of her 1988 self-titled debut—which sold more than 6 million copies, won three Grammys and ushered in a whole new wave of coffeehouse types—the singer-songwriter has kept strumming along with the same quiet dignity and grace. Her seventh studio disc is another well-crafted collection of thoughtful, understated folk-pop that goes down as smoothly as a mocha latte. Whether waxing romantic or religious, political or philosophical, Chapman handles it all with a deep, rich alto that can convey great strength or aching vulnerability. Songs like the first single, "Change"—which poses the question, "If you knew that you would die today...would you change?"—really hit you where you live.
DOWNLOAD THIS: "Change"