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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Tracy Chapman Store

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  • Audio CD (November 11, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B001ED7C5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On her 20th anniversary as a recording artist, Tracy Chapman has written one of the most powerful and moving albums of her career. Tracy worked with producer Larry Klein, who has produced albums by Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, and Madeleine Peyroux.

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Love Tracy Chapman's music!!!!
Patricia A. Jackson
I to think this album is alittle sad in tone so I hope that she is enjoying and experiencing life to the fullest.
She is so interesting to listen to, and I really like this disc.
Laura J. Lien

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Format: Audio CD
There is so much to love about this album--but it doesn't quite reach Tracy's highest standards of excellence. Tracy Chapman has one of the most distinctive and warm voices in music, and from a straight vocal standpoint, everything is as beautiful as it has ever been. Her vibrato is as strong as ever, no hint of effort on her part. Every note seems channeled from some inner well of grace. Her intonations are perfect--floating over her guitar at moments of emotional delicacy, punching on the beat when she decries injustice. Her lyrics are poignant, insightful, but not searing. She no longer sounds as angry as she once was, but just sadder. This is perhaps understandable--she is more than 20 years on from where we first her Talkin' 'bout a Revolution, but I know that the fire that she has showed in the past is still there, and I was hoping for a little more to rise to the surface.

This is not an album that you can get on the first listen, and indeed, the melodies improve and stick in the memory more with repeated spins, but there is nothing here that will even rise as high as "Bang Bang Bang" in terms of memorable tunes.

Ultimately, if you are a fan of this amazing lady, then you are going to enjoy this disc a lot. If you find that the last several of her discs have started sounding similar one to another, then this disc will hold no surprises for you. I don't think that is a bad thing, but it is a true thing. Tracy has been our travelling companion for two decades, reminding us of how love hurts but is still worth it (mostly), of how America has some real wonders, but how we have a great responsibility incurred by simply living here, and how sometimes people are not what they seem. She was right then, she is right now.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Erich Heidrich on November 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
When I say I'm a Tracy Chapman fan, that's an understatement. The last time I saw her was in Tucson for the Westward Swing Vote. She was, once again, amazing. I think I'm simply the fan of Tracy and her guitar. I think her past two albums, Where You Live and Let It Rain are my all time favorites and I haven't loved one of her albums that much since Crossroads. They both left me singing the tunes and every song had such an emotional message that made me think. I was INCREDIBLY excited for Our Bright Future and I can't figure out what happened.

Every song blends into the next and they all sound the same. It has many religious undertones, which is fine if I wanted a Christian album. Her voice is IMMACULATE and still gives me goosebumps. I guess I miss the variety of all her songs on an album. The same thing seems to be said on most of the songs on this album. I do like I Did It All and Conditional but I can't find my place in the others because they all sound the same. This is SO hard for me to say. I guess I miss those heart wrenching and simplistic acoustic songs like The Promise, Be Careful Of My Heart, Don't Dwell, Goodbye, In the Dark, The Love That You Had, or For You. They were greatly missed on this album and that is classic Tracy. I still plan on going wherever she is close to KC but I hope she does much from her past albums. Still love her!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2009
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Tracy Chapman's new CD stands out because of her depth as songwriter, powerful vocal performance & unique sound. "Save Us All" is one of my favorite tracks on the CD with its slap-happy rhythm & joyful expression of tolerance, "I've heard that your God's older, Buddha, Allah, Krishna, manifest with many faces, worshipped the world over in foreign places; I assume your God must love you." Chapman revisits the theme about the need for redemption on the hauntingly lovely title track, "To our Father, what good may come to let the children walk alone, to fear to fail & need no savior to be at peace in our bright future?" "For a Dream" also has a spiritually soothing quality. "Thinking of You" glides on Dean Parks' pixie-like guitar, "You floated on the air, far away at light speed; I guess some objects do defy the laws that we conceive." "Something to See" envisions a day when war is a history on a lovely track. Chapman examines many religious beliefs with a joyful, tender spirit. From track to track, "Our Bright Future" is a consistently excellent, a pleasure. Bravo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John C. Bergeron on December 5, 2008
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Attempting to write a worthy review of a single Tracy Chapman release is difficult, in the same way it would be hard to try and define a person you deeply love in a single paragraph; there's always the desire to go back and forth in time, the necessity to find a more perfect word or phrase or example deserving of the one who has so captured your heart. And so it is with this remarkable woman. Tracy Chapman has a voice equally capable of soothing a frightened child into a sound slumber, or awakening a generation to a social emergency. And as her muse has led her deep into a third decade of artistry, those wise enough to have accompanied her on her ascendant journey have undoubedly had their musical world deepened, ripened and enriched. Music should move you, but sometimes it should also shake you. Tracy knows this. If she'd not chosen to do music, I have little doubt that she would have found some other means of reaching us with her unwavering commitment to love, peace and social justice. Thankfully, she chose music, which for me is the most direct and accessible vehicle for inspiration.

I was immediately struck (and, I'll admit, a bit surprised) by the title of this release. It begged a number of questions, which is, of course, what Art should do. Is she referring to a lover? Could she possibly be so optimistic about our country's future? But just as I stated, a phrase-or in this case, a song title-could hardly hope to explain everything being said in this beautiful collection. Throughout, Tracy walks a narrow line between sadness and anger, but also with an ever-present undercurrent of hope that our "bright future may come to pass." There are personal stories, and there are songs trying to make sense of what has, and continues to go on across the planet.
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