Lover's Speak On her 18th album, Armatrading explores the interstices of reticence and confession, commitment and independence. In the past, she's smashed genres with all the brio… 2003-03-25 Joan Armatrading
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Lover's Speak (2003)

Details Release Date: Mar 25, 2003; Lead Performance: Joan Armatrading

On her 18th album, Armatrading explores the interstices of reticence and confession, commitment and independence. In the past, she's smashed genres with all the brio of Joni Mitchell. Here, she sticks to lush, strummy folk rock: ''Let's Talk About Us'' is pure bliss, while ''In These Times'' is a gorgeous Anglican hymn. Unfortunately, the self-produced project has a claustrophobic, demo-tape quality. Still, it can't dim her spirit: ''I want to learn the language of love,'' she begs on the title track. Rest assured, she's already fluent.

Originally posted Apr 18, 2003 Published in issue #705 Apr 18, 2003 Order article reprints
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