Armatrading Breaks 8 Year Silence
Singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading will release "Lover's Speak," her first new album in eight years, March 10 in the U.K. via Telstar and March 25 on the Denon label in the U.S. Written, arranged, andSinger/songwriter Joan Armatrading will release "Lover's Speak," her first new album in eight years, March 10 in the U.K. via Telstar and March 25 on the Denon label in the U.S. Written, arranged, and produced by the artist, the 14-track set is Armatrading's 18th studio album, and first since 1995's "What's Inside" (RCA).
"I've wanted to make an album that reflected me for a while now and I think this does," Armatrading says of "Lover's Speak." In an effort to realize her desire to make a truly solo album, she also plays nearly every instrument on the release, with the only exceptions being drums and horns.
Armatrading, who was in 2001 appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen of England, is planning tour dates in support of "Lover's Speak." Already scheduled are late April shows in Ireland and the U.K.; European and U.S. touring will likely follow.
Here are Armatrading's confirmed tour dates:
April 22: Glasgow, Scotland (Royal Concert Hall)
April 23: Manchester, England (The Lowry)
April 25: London (Royal Albert Hall)
April 26-27: Dublin (Vicar Street)
April 28: Birmingham, England (Symphony Hall)
April 29: Milton Keynes, England (The Stables)
Here is the "Lover's Speak" track list:
"In These Times"
"Fire and Ice"
"Let's Talk About Us"
"Less Happy More Often"
"Crazy for You"
"You Made Your Bed"
"Lover's Speak" (radio edit)