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  • Audio CD (April 18, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island Records
  • Run Time: 41 minutes
  • ASIN: B000026O3X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Down Here by Tracy Bonham

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Classically trained violinist-turned-rocker Tracy Bonham embodies the best elements of Hole and Fiona Apple without the accompanying histrionics. Down Here follows Bonham's 1996 Grammy-nominated The Burdens of Being Upright, the source of the memorable whisper-to-a-scream single "Mother, Mother." While the album shows greater breadth and maturity by Bonham, she's lost none of her acerbic wit, edginess, or dynamism. Her intelligent, incisive, sometimes sarcastic lyrics have a feminist bent, but are never preachy or self-pitying. Members of Elvis Costello's Attractions and Soul Coughing provide support, and producer Mitchell Froom brings Down Here clarity and depth, but it's Bonham's passion that drives the propulsive, distinctive songs. Whether it's the dreamy yet aggressive "Cold Day in Hell" or the rocking "Meathook," Bonham infuses these tunes with a wit and wisdom that works. --Katherine Turman

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Great guitar tones and perfect distortion.
Andy Ashmore
Bonham is a gifted songwriter, catchy tunes, quirky and intelligent lyrics, and attitude that is out of this world!
Paul Jensen
Yeah, the lyrics may be a little light in substance, but the rockin' songs make up for every shortfall in lyrics.
Mr. Stanley M. Schmidt

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S Cook on September 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Most people will recall Tracy from her MTV buzz clip for the track, "Mother Mother" off of her first full length album, "The Burdens of Being Up Right." But if you don't actually own one of her albums then you don't know what you are missing.
Tracy is a classically trained violinist who can craft beautiful pop songs like "Second Wind" or gritty little rock numbers like "Behind Every Good Woman" and "Meathook." This cd even shows improvement since the last. There seems to be more flow to this one.
One thing I've always liked about Ms. Bonham is that she can work her violin into the music. Make it a part of something. Other groups such as That Dog and The Rentals (incidentally it's the same violinist) tend to stick violin solos here and there.
This is an all around awesome album. I'd recommend it to both guys and girls. It's certainly not 'chick rock.'
And if for no other reason, pick it up because she is a really nice person!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raynna Leigh Johnson on April 19, 2000
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Tracy Bonham blew me away when she released the amazing debut "Burdens of Being Upright", and I listened to the album continuously for months. When I feel like rocking, I take it out still. This album, after only 4 full listens, completely eclipses the debut. She's grown so much in terms of songwriting and melodies (and her violin is perfect), but her lyrics are still the beautiful poetry they were on 'Burdens'. This album is more like therapy than anything. My therapist thinks it's funny, because I refer to Tracy as my shrink during our sessions. Freed is a very self-aware and honest track, and the violin intro is beautiful. The single Behind Every Good Woman has got to infuse every woman out there with fresh energy and strength. Or maybe it's just me? No matter; the bottom line is, Tracy has made it clear that she's not a one-album wonder with this flawless disc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2002
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I have a tendency to not like more than one album by an artist, but tracy bonham is as firy and passionate on this cd as she was on her first. her wit and sarcastic edge are not lost either. from the feminist feel-good song of the century "behind every good woman", which jars it's way through your brain as it is undoubtably catchy and interesting, to "jumping bean", a bouncy, exhilarating song of self-proclamation, to the pensive and meaningful "give us something", this album will take you places.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2002
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A lot of the either reviews here talk about Tracy Bonham's need for a better producer, stronger songs, more focus, etc. I agree. She has great potential but some of her lyrics are heavyhanded and/or commonplace. The music is well-crafted with a lot of variety in the hooks, but the hooks are not all that original. I think Tracy has a great voice and her violin gives some interesting color to the songs where it is heard. Let's hope that her next CD will show more development.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "beav42" on June 22, 2000
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On Burdens of Being Upright, there was more pop flavor and more tasty hooks than on Down Here. BUT... Down Here still manages to be a better album. The instruments here play a greater role in expressing the feeling behind a song, so the album has a more visceral feel. Bonham is a fearless feminist, ranting about makeup and plastic surgery on "Fake It", and telling some unfortunate guy in no uncertain terms that the relationship is over on "Jumping Bean." But Bonham is much more than angry. She sings about her struggles with life in general on "Second Wind", and worries about wanting the right things on "You Cant Always Not Get What You Don't Want." One caveat: the album ends rather anticlimatically on two mellow tracks. On the other hand, former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg plays bass on most tracks. Steinberg is one of the best rock bassists of all time, and his contribution to Down Here makes the album even better than it would be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "shorge" on April 26, 2000
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Wit has its place in life, but I'm not completely sold that it works in music. The term "witty rocker" makes me cringe. I like the rhythms to be simple, dumb, and dirty and the lyrics to be passionate without being cloying. But here, it does work, because it's not just the lyrics that are intelligent, but also the creative instrumental arrangements, song structure, and melodic stylings that are catchy and refreshing. This album sounds like Liz Phair's "Whitechocolatespaceegg" crossed with Jon Spencer's Blues Explosion, with emotionally-relevant lyrics.
Several songs are standout depending on what you're looking for, but what makes this album worth your money is the versatility of the band and diversity of tunes, which successfully merge Bonham's classically-trained influences into an alt-rock format and yields a highly listenable, cohesive album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stanley M. Schmidt on April 14, 2004
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What can you say? Tracy is definitely a unique type of rocker. A classically trained violinist turned rock? It's possible and she does it BRILLIANTLY! She finds a way to sneak a little violin action into nearly every song on the album. Plus, the best thing about the album is the music if FRESH (and still FRESH almost 4 years later)! She constructs great chords, awesome and shifting melodies with plenty of key change twists and turns. This style of music, very unique to Bonham, will keep you guessing and keep you spinning the disc. Yeah, the lyrics may be a little light in substance, but the rockin' songs make up for every shortfall in lyrics.
My favorites on the disc are: Freed, Every Good Woman, Fake It, Down Here, Meathook, Thumbelina, well...pretty much every song is great!
Tracy, it's been 4 long years since this release!! When is your next one coming???
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