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December 2, 1995 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joan Armatrading has been a major star in Europe for years, but it's been a more arduous road on these shores, where the singer-songwriter remains a critically acclaimed but relatively low-profile performer. Perhaps that's because Armatrading is a difficult artist to define. Her rich, warm vocals are idiosyncratic, and her music veers into wildly eclectic territory on each of her 14 albums. Her songs are intimate and confessional by nature, but many of her lyrics can be oblique, if artfully so.
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September 4, 2004
I had to shake my head as I read David Segal's article about where all the great guitar goddesses were ("Lead Guitar: Boys Rule," Aug. 28). His statement that Bonnie Raitt "didn't pioneer a style or push the instrument to places it hadn't been" was laughable. You mean to tell me a searing blast of Raitt-driven slide guitar isn't instantly recognizable? It's just ludicrous to say there have been no other female guitarists of merit in the last 3 1/2 decades. Besides Raitt and Nancy Wilson of Heart (who was also sort of smugly dismissed in the article)
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August 4, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everybody needs some ego stroking sometime. Even Joan Armatrading. Since 1972, this English singer-songwriter has earned a large cult following thanks to her distinctive, smoky alto voice and a knack for probing artfully and insightfully into the deep, tender spots of inner experience.
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August 4, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everybody needs some ego stroking sometime. Even Joan Armatrading. Since 1972, this English singer-songwriter has earned a large cult following thanks to her distinctive, smoky alto voice and a knack for probing artfully and insightfully into the deep, tender spots of inner experience.
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August 4, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everybody needs some ego stroking sometime. Even Joan Armatrading. Since 1972, this English singer-songwriter has earned a large cult following thanks to her distinctive, smoky alto voice and a knack for probing artfully and insightfully into the deep, tender spots of inner experience.
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June 29, 1986 | STEVE HOCHMAN
"SLEIGHT OF HAND." Joan Armatrading. A&M. After 13 years of working with such top producers as Glyn Johns and Steve Lillywhite, Joan Armatrading has found the best producer for her distinctive work: Joan Armatrading. Armatrading's imaginative yet restrained production touches--an evocative guitar lick here, a haunting synthesizer burst there--underscore the emotional complexity of her material as much as her strong, husky voice does.
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August 14, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has canceled two concerts planned for Australia later this month. Tour spokeswoman Gaynor Crawford said today that Armatrading told organizers she was acting on medical advice in canceling the visit to promote her recently released album "Hearts and Flowers." Armatrading, a native of the West Indies who moved to England as a child, had been scheduled to perform in Sydney on Aug. 29 and Melbourne on Aug. 31.
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August 15, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Armatrading Won't Make Down Under Stops: Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has canceled two concerts planned for Australia later this month. Tour spokeswoman Gaynor Crawford said Tuesday that Armatrading told organizers she was acting on medical advice in canceling her visit to promote her recently released album "Hearts and Flowers." Armatrading had been scheduled to perform in Sydney on Aug. 29 and in Melbourne on Aug. 31. Armatrading's scheduled L.A.
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August 11, 1986 | STEVE HOCHMAN
It's easy to see why Joan Armatrading inspires devotion from her fans--Saturday at the Greek Theatre all it took from her was a smile to draw a standing ovation. Her songs, covering the full spectrum of love and passion, are the kind people tend to take personally. Though Armatrading's current album, "Sleight of Hand," is among her best, much of her recent music lacks both the direct lyrical power and rhythmic invention of her earlier work.
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September 4, 2004
I had to shake my head as I read David Segal's article about where all the great guitar goddesses were ("Lead Guitar: Boys Rule," Aug. 28). His statement that Bonnie Raitt "didn't pioneer a style or push the instrument to places it hadn't been" was laughable. You mean to tell me a searing blast of Raitt-driven slide guitar isn't instantly recognizable? It's just ludicrous to say there have been no other female guitarists of merit in the last 3 1/2 decades. Besides Raitt and Nancy Wilson of Heart (who was also sort of smugly dismissed in the article)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everybody needs some ego stroking sometime. Even Joan Armatrading. Since 1972, this English singer-songwriter has earned a large cult following thanks to her distinctive, smoky alto voice and a knack for probing artfully and insightfully into the deep, tender spots of inner experience.
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July 4, 1996 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Thompson puffs up his words, talking brave. "Hey," he says. "I'm not afraid." But in the very next breath, the veteran singer-songwriter confesses that his current tour as the opening act for Joan Armatrading--they appear Tuesday night with Susan Werner at the Universal Amphitheatre--is tougher than most. It marks the first time that he has performed the far-ranging material from his latest album without help from a backing band. Released a month ago, "you? me? us?"
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December 4, 1995 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Young, brash upstarts like Alanis Morissette and Courtney Love have been in the pop spotlight this year, but as 45-year-old Joan Armatrading demonstrated with aplomb Saturday night at the sold-out Galaxy Concert Theatre, a relaxed, warm and inviting demeanor can be more inspiring than a defiant, intimidating pose.
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December 2, 1995 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joan Armatrading has been a major star in Europe for years, but it's been a more arduous road on these shores, where the singer-songwriter remains a critically acclaimed but relatively low-profile performer. Perhaps that's because Armatrading is a difficult artist to define. Her rich, warm vocals are idiosyncratic, and her music veers into wildly eclectic territory on each of her 14 albums. Her songs are intimate and confessional by nature, but many of her lyrics can be oblique, if artfully so.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Armatrading Won't Make Down Under Stops: Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has canceled two concerts planned for Australia later this month. Tour spokeswoman Gaynor Crawford said Tuesday that Armatrading told organizers she was acting on medical advice in canceling her visit to promote her recently released album "Hearts and Flowers." Armatrading had been scheduled to perform in Sydney on Aug. 29 and in Melbourne on Aug. 31. Armatrading's scheduled L.A.
NEWS
August 14, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has canceled two concerts planned for Australia later this month. Tour spokeswoman Gaynor Crawford said today that Armatrading told organizers she was acting on medical advice in canceling the visit to promote her recently released album "Hearts and Flowers." Armatrading, a native of the West Indies who moved to England as a child, had been scheduled to perform in Sydney on Aug. 29 and Melbourne on Aug. 31.
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August 31, 1988 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Joan Armatrading isn't about to get mistaken for Tracy Chapman these days. Though there's little doubt that Armatrading's former style did set the stage for the latter's success, any Chapman fan coming to the Universal Amphitheatre on Monday to check out the new No. 1 singer's most cited progenitor surely left wondering what the comparisons are about.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1995 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Young, brash upstarts like Alanis Morissette and Courtney Love have been in the pop spotlight this year, but as 45-year-old Joan Armatrading demonstrated with aplomb Saturday night at the sold-out Galaxy Concert Theatre, a relaxed, warm and inviting demeanor can be more inspiring than a defiant, intimidating pose.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1988 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Joan Armatrading isn't about to get mistaken for Tracy Chapman these days. Though there's little doubt that Armatrading's former style did set the stage for the latter's success, any Chapman fan coming to the Universal Amphitheatre on Monday to check out the new No. 1 singer's most cited progenitor surely left wondering what the comparisons are about.
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August 29, 1988 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Tracy Chapman . . . Suzanne Vega . . . Sinead O'Connor. . . . There's a wealth of women reaching a broad pop music audience these days with deeply introspective, often folk-flavored songs. For years after Joni Mitchell's acclaimed series of albums in the '70s, there seemed to be only one: Joan Armatrading. To many of her fans, the Caribbean native raised in England has been practically St.
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