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Album Review

Classically trained violinist Tracy Bonham emerged from Boston with her first major-label release, The Burdens of Being Upright. The album yielded a significant radio hit with the seething message "Mother Mother," which leads off the album. It raises the bar for the rest of the record and, although she doesn't quite match it, The Burdens of Being Upright is a riveting introduction. Bonham and bandmates tear through tracks like "Navy Bean" and "Bulldog" with energetic punk abandon. Bonham's lyrics are intelligent and her voice is powerful, sounding eerily like Liz Phair on songs like "Kisses," "Sharks Can't Sleep," and "Every Breath."

Customer Reviews

I really, really liked it.

I really really liked this album.I thought her songs were very different but thats what made them good. It's not the best but her songs are very catchy and hold a nice rythm.

everything here is good

It might seem like an average score but i wont just keep pressing forward i like the whole thing. Its' not a rock album. its almost folky I don't know about the styles of electric guitar but its very dominant maybe some young woman's' diary on a CD. SOUNDS VERY 90'S TO ME. let the whole thing play even though the songs don't sound so different. I think Rolling Stone reviews liked it too and i just came by to pick it up years later. Good job Tracy!

talk about bad

this is bad. i just think that she should go back to being whatever she was before being a bad artist dont buy this song. she looks like to overdosed on crystal meth and now shes trying to get enough money to fix her face. she sounds like pink only really bad


Born: March 16, 1969 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Like Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair, Tracy Bonham made her name during the alternative boom of the mid-‘90s. Unlike those two songwriters, she did so by merging post-grunge with elements of classical music, drawing upon her violin skills in the process. The combination helped push her 1996 debut, The Burdens of Being Upright, to gold sales, and Bonham closed out the year with two Grammy nominations. Although her later albums didn’t fare quite so well, Bonham continued expanding her sound into a...
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