Album of the Day
Tracy Chapman followed her star-making self-titled debut a year later with CROSSROADS. Given the singer-songwriter's previous success, the 1989 Elektra collection was cut in Hollywood with some pretty impressive SoCal musical guests, including guitarist Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and Neil Young. But as before, Chapman's considerable appeal lies in her heartfelt performances and incisive lyrics, and from such songs as “Subcity,” the Nelson Mandela-themed “Freedom Now” and the titular Modern Rock hit, these 10 originals do not disappoint. Tracy Chapman was born in this day in 1964, and we'll wish her a happy birthday with the platinum-certified CROSSROADS.