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Joan Armatrading: Burning Like Fire

Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, 14 August 1976

THE SOUTH LONDON side-street is unimposing and still. Neat houses face each other, their windows opaque, like rows of black eyes shielded by the reflecting lenses of mirrored sunglasses. They reveal nothing about the private lives of the people who, at 5 p.m. on this muggy, hot afternoon, have yet to return home from work.

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