At a time when boring dinosaur bands roamed one end of the
earth and the early rumblings of punk was about to explode in a sea of spittle
at the other, along came Joan Armatrading with an album of unimaginable
That self-titled long player featured such a stirring, spirited synthesis of
folk, rock, reggae and soul it still bares countless replays 20 years later.
More important, though, that disc produced the hits that would make Armatrading
an international celebrity.