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Not her best work, but still quite good
on August 8, 2010
I've been following Tracy since her breakthrough "Mother, Mother" back on "the burdens of being upright" since then I've tried to pick up everything she's released. I remember when "Down Here" came out. THAT was an amazing follow up to her previous album.
Popping the disc in this time for Masts of Manhatta was not the same this time. It starts out pretty good. I have to say the first few tracks are quite good. "Big Red Heart" is probably the strongest track on the album and my favorite so far. I was suprised she didn't credit "Sting" on this track though, the whole "you, and me, in love and misery. . ." sounds EXACTLY the same as the melody when Sting says "me with you and all the things you do. . ." back in 87 in his song: "We'll Be Together" on "Nothing Like The Sun." (take a listen; Trust me) seriously it could have been intentional because Tracy's intent with her lyrics on the melody are the opposite of Stings so it was a treat to hear that here, though I'm not sure she will say it was intentional.
After track 5, 6-11 are VERY hit or miss. (sometimes within the same song) She's got such a great unique voice, I wish she would use it more like she does on "Big Red Heart" or from before: See "Freed" "You Don't Know Me" the afor-mentioned "Mother, Mother" "Tell It To The Sky"
I don't have "blink the brightest" yet, so I can't compare "Masts" with it, but I do have "Liverpool Sessions" "The Burdens of Being Upright" and "Down Here" so I BELIEVE I have a good cross-section of what she's capable of.
All-in-all, I enjoy "Masts of Manhatta" simply because it's nice to hear from Tracy. she is a unique talent and someone who should not be missed. Is "Masts" her best submission? No. For the new listener, I recommend listening to her albums in the following order: "The Burdens of Being Upright," "Down Here," Then "Masts of Manhatta" if you need more, pick up "Liverpool Sessions" more than anything I enjoy "Liverpool Sessions" simply to listen to her roots. However, I may change my mind after listening to "Blink the Brightest" and now I think I MUST pick it up just to compare. stay tuned. . .