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Editors’ Notes

Tracy Chapman’s eighth studio album, 2008’s Our Bright Future, reflects the singer-songwriter’s twenty years of expertise. With producer Larry Klein lining up two seasoned backing groups — drummers Steve Gadd and Joey Waronker keeping solid time — Chapman has an assured groove to comfort her forthright insecurities. Chapman’s strength has always been her vulnerability, the way her voice quivers as she celebrates her joys and admits her inner doubts. There are always warnings among the celebrations and she jumps right in on her first album in three years, recorded over two summer months in Los Angeles. “I Did It All” observes the desire to self-expose oneself in today’s reality TV culture with nightclub jazz style. “Sing for You” is simply gorgeous, Chapman’s voice caressing a perfect melody to recount her lifelong musical journey. “A Theory” slides towards a western motif with its shuffling groove. “The Last Person On Earth” speaks for a person watching the Hurricane Katrina waters rise with little hope for relief. Chapman still knows how to stir the emotions.

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sleepy...

respect her greatly....but ever since her third album it seems something has been extracted from tracy chapman....or maybe this is just her growth....but for a listener if this were to be the first thing you heard from her...you wouldn't know how an amazing and dynamic artist she is. i love her...and she can do no wrong...so in the catalogue of her work...it's fine...but it does make me want to go back to her when it she seemed she wanted me to listen to her.

Perfect For This Time

I'm a very new fan of Tracy Chapman, but one thing I notice is she really writes her songs based on current events. This album has a really good flow to it and the sounds are unique. I enjoy every song though!!! Her music is very unique and good and relaxing. If you like relaxing music that can calm you down, this is an artist for you. In my opinion this is an album we've needed for a while!!! These are the reasons I vote it 5 stars!!!! A good buy!!!!

The real deal

Tracy Chapman is never one to dissapoint, but she will probably get overlooked this week because of the other big releases (Taylor Swift, David Archuleta) but she has the best record out of all of them. She is a solid, beautiful, and original sounding artist who truly deserves to be called an artist. buy the whole album! The songs just ring true.

Biography

Born: March 30, 1964 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tracy Chapman helped restore singer/songwriters to the spotlight in the '80s. The multi-platinum success of Chapman's eponymous 1988 debut was unexpected, and it had lasting impact. Although Chapman was working from the same confessional singer/songwriter foundation that had been popularized in the '70s, her songs were fresh and powerful, driven by simple melodies and affecting lyrics. At the time of her first album, there were only a handful of artists performing such a style successfully, and her...
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