Show Some Emotion

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Show Some Emotion
Studio album by Joan Armatrading
Released October 1977
Recorded Olympic Studios, London
Genre pop, rock
Length 37:12
Label A&M
Producer Glyn Johns
Joan Armatrading chronology
Joan Armatrading
Show Some Emotion
To the Limit

Show Some Emotion is a studio album by British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading, released in 1977 on A&M. It reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart,[1] No. 52 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart,[2] and No. 18 on the Australian Kent Music Report albums chart.[3]

Armatrading's 1979 live album Steppin' Out contains two tracks from Show Some Emotion, "Mama Mercy" and "Kissin' and a Huggin'".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [4]
Robert Christgau [5] B+

In a review for Allmusic, Dave Connolly gave the album a star rating of three out of five. He did not enjoy the album as much as her previous self-titled album, saying that much of it was "like outtakes from that effort". He criticised the lyrics and arrangements, as well as the track placement. However, he praised "Show Some Emotion" and "Willow" as highlights.[6] "The Dean of Rock Critics", Robert Christgau, on the other hand, called her "Sometimes funny, always real, and never ever pretentious", but said that "Most of the meaning of the ordinary-plus lyrics is conveyed by stance and nuance."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Joan Armatrading.

Side One

  1. "Woncha Come on Home" — 2:40
  2. "Show Some Emotion" — 3:31
  3. "Warm Love" — 3:04
  4. "Never Is Too Late" — 5:32
  5. "Peace in Mind" — 3:19

Side Two

  1. "Opportunity" — 3:25
  2. "Mama Mercy" — 2:47
  3. "Get in the Sun" — 3:19
  4. "Willow" — 4:53
  5. "Kissin' and a Huggin'" — 4:42



  1. ^ "Joan Armatrading", The Official Charts Company, retrieved 25 July 2010 
  2. ^ "Show Some Emotion > Charts & Awards", Allmusic, Rovi Corporation, retrieved 25 July 2010 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 19. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "CG: Joan Armatrading". Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Connolly, Dave, "Show Some Emotion > Review", Allmusic, Rovi Corporation, retrieved 25 July 2010