Our Bright Future - Tracy Chapman
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  • Summary: The latest album for the Grammy-winning artist was produced with Larry Klein.
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  1. All the tracks on her eighth studio album, Our Bright Future, are as clear as her voice, and the lyrics are simple and honest.
  2. Twenty years after her self-titled debut, Tracy Chapman remains true to her musical calling: soul-rich folk melodies around a voice of honesty and nuance that nails ambivalence like no other.
  3. Chapman creates yet another soulful, personal album that adds to her repertoire of timeless tunes with a few mentions of Jesus and Barack Obama.
  4. Chapman's songwriting is as sharp as ever, which makes it all the more unfortunate that the album's production is so lifeless.
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    Larry Klein places the vocals disconcertingly high in the mix, but it effectively emphasises Chapman's poetic sensibility. [Dec 2008, p.86]
  6. The craft of Our Bright Future is impressive and Chapman's talents are as clearly evident as ever, but unfortunately this album offers precious little in the way of anything fresh or unexpected from this artist.
  7. The lack of any overt passion, energy and fresh ideas makes a numbing and sadly all too predictable listen. [Dec 2008, p.128]

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  1. Nov 23, 2011
    I like Tracy Chapman. Her voice is unique, soulful and filled with power without the need for vocal gymnastics or excess volume. Her early albums reflected the innocence of young love, poverty and other very real themes, which makes this bland, lifeless album even more of a disappointment. Its shuffling, flat production does it no favors, and many of the songs sound more or less identical. Even one mid-tempo song would have been a welcome sonic break, but no such luck: most of the disc consists of slow, piano and/or guitar wrapped missives about life and love that ring of formula and worse: boredom. The songs aren't horrible really, it should be said, just that many of them lack the passion that made Chapman so unique to begin with. Expand