Armatrading, Joan – Secret SecretsVendor: A&M Records
RARE/2HAND VINYL LP ON A&M RECORDS 1985
AMA 5040 made in Europe. With original innersleeve.
Vinyl NM. Cover VG+.
Two years having passed since her last studio record, Joan Armatrading re-emerged with yet another producer (new wave veteran Mike Howlett) on Secret Secrets. Some of the material on here is very good, but the commercial momentum that had built up behind her during the early '80s was beginning to dissipate. The singles "Temptation" and "Thinking Man" are as catchy as "Drop the Pilot," and the message is more mature and upbeat this time, but the songs failed to make much of an impact in the U.S. It's hard to fault the music for the drop in commercial interest; Howlett's atmospheric production (honed during his work with bands like Berlin and OMD) is in line with the musical tastes of the mid-'80s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Armatrading
TracklistA1 Persona Grata
A4 Talking To The Wall
A5 Love By You
B1 Thinking Man
B2 Friends Not Lovers
B3 One Night
B4 Secret Secrets