Matters of the Heart (Tracy Chapman album)

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Matters of the Heart
Tracy Chapman - Matters of the Heart.jpg
Studio album by Tracy Chapman
Released April 28, 1992
Recorded 1991–1992
Genre Alternative rock, Folk Rock
Length 43:34
Label Elektra
Producer Tracy Chapman,
Jimmy Iovine
Tracy Chapman chronology
Matters of the Heart
New Beginning
Singles from Matters of the Heart
  1. "Bang Bang Bang"
  2. "Dreaming on a World"

Matters of the Heart is the third album by American singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman, released in 1992 (see 1992 in music). It was her first not to be produced or co-produced by David Kershenbaum.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tracy Chapman.

  1. "Bang Bang Bang" – 4:21
  2. "So" – 3:26
  3. "I Used to Be a Sailor" – 3:56
  4. "The Love That You Had" – 4:11
  5. "Woman's Work" – 2:01
  6. "If These Are the Things" – 4:40
  7. "Short Supply" (Jigten; For Richmond) – 4:23
  8. "Dreaming on a World" – 5:03
  9. "Open Arms" – 4:34
  10. "Matters of the Heart" – 6:59



Musical Style[edit]

The record marked a notable switch in sound from Chapman's earlier works. Allmusic labeled it as "less bold and angry" than her preceding record,[1] and Israbox took note of the "subtle elements of world music, blues, and jazz" included in the record.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [4]

Matters of the Heart received generally mixed reviews from music critics.


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1992 The Billboard 200 53
Sweden Top 60 Albums 37


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[5] Gold 35,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[6] Gold 25,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone