Chapman's versatility allows her to draw from rich traditions of folk, blues
and pop music, but all the while one thing remains constant: the soul crushingly
depressing subject matter of which she sings. On her most famous song, "Fast
Car," Chapman's dead-end ... morerelationship and bleak prospects are enough to make
average listeners either feel great about their own comparatively happy life or
retreat into a pit of grief from which they will likely never return. "Talkin'
'Bout a Revolution" deals with socio-political concerns in fairly dour terms. In
"Give Me One Reason," she asks why she should return to a failed relationship
but apparently never gets that reason. Although the songs are bleak, it should
be pointed out that Chapman's mournful alto voice would make even "Zippity Doo
Dah" sound like a tragedy. (Claudio Bresciani / SCANPIX / Retna Ltd.