Armatrading, Joan - The KeyVendor: AM Records
RARE/2HAND VINYL A&M RECORDS 1983
AMLX 64912 made in Holland. With original innersleeve.
Vinyl NM. Cover VG+.
Many of the same musicians from Walk Under Ladders return for The Key, but gone are that album's warm island airs. Instead, producer Steve Lillywhite wraps -- some might say smothers -- Armatrading's voice in sophisticated synthesizers (courtesy of Larry Fast) and punchy rock arrangements that are enervating but less inviting than her earlier work.