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Tracy Chapman - Crossroads (1989)

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"Crossroads" is a song by American singer Tracy Chapman. It was released in 1989 as the lead single from her second studio ...

"Crossroads" is a song by American singer Tracy Chapman. It was released in 1989 as the lead single from her second studio album Crossroads. The song was written by Chapman, and produced by David Kershenbaum and Chapman. "Crossroads" reached No. 90 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song's music video was directed by Matt Mahurin.

Reception

On its release as a single, Tim Southwell of Record Mirror wrote, "'Crossroads' sees Tracy in familiar sombre mood, reflecting on life's struggles and the pain of it all. It may not be frothy but Chapman's cool vibes are always welcome." Sian Pattenden of Smash Hits described the song as "very much the kind of folksy, sombre song you'd expect from Tracy". She added, "If you liked "Fast Car" then you'll like this because it's jolly similar."

In a review of Crossroads, Fred Goodman of Rolling Stone noted the song's "rich arrangement and heartfelt delivery" and added, "'Crossroads' breaks little new ground for Chapman musically, but its subtly shaded percussion, pizzicato violin and lilting accordion give new muscle to Chapman's previously bareboned presentation." Steve Morse of The Boston Globe felt the song "opens the album in a startling confessional manner".

Parry Gettelman of The Orlando Sentinel considered the song to "proclaim [Chapman's] independence from materialism and money-changers who beset her." Brian Springer of The Daily Tar Heel wrote, "The title track adds the only new lyrical wrinkle [on the album], with Chapman making the usual star complaint of having to deal with all the attention. Accordion and violin pizzicato give this song a slightly different flavor than the previous album."

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