Blink the Brightest

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been a while since this singer-songwriter last ventured into the spotlight -- and how Tracy Bonham has grown. Her third album reveals a warmer, more engaging persona than one might've expected after listening to her debut, The Burdens of Being Upright. She tips her hand on Blink the Brightest's opening track, the unabashedly hopeful "Something Beautiful," a song that seems custom-made for a summer-morning drive. As per usual, Bonham lets her violin do a good bit of the talking, , notably on the slinky "Born Without You," but she also provides a surprising amount of sonic variation. "Whether You Fall," for instance, finds her accompanying herself on solo piano (an ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been a while since this singer-songwriter last ventured into the spotlight -- and how Tracy Bonham has grown. Her third album reveals a warmer, more engaging persona than one might've expected after listening to her debut, The Burdens of Being Upright. She tips her hand on Blink the Brightest's opening track, the unabashedly hopeful "Something Beautiful," a song that seems custom-made for a summer-morning drive. As per usual, Bonham lets her violin do a good bit of the talking, , notably on the slinky "Born Without You," but she also provides a surprising amount of sonic variation. "Whether You Fall," for instance, finds her accompanying herself on solo piano (an instrument, incidentally, that was once owned by Yehudi Menuhin), while "Did I Sleep Through It All?" throws a string quartet into the mix. This broadened melodic range and Bonham's newfound ability to relax and even allow some vulnerability (as she does on "Eyes") marks Blink as a major step forward. Yes, she's still able to skewer someone who deserves it -- like the forces addressed in "And the World Has the Nerve to Keep Turning" -- but there's not a shrill note sounded here.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
You can't call Tracy Bonham prolific. Blink the Brightest is her first album release in five years and merely her third in a decade, which is slow even by modern standards. Whatever the reasons for the gaps between records, whether it's artistic inspiration or contractual complications, the delays are frustrating because Bonham gets better with each record, sounding more confident and adventurous with each subsequent album. She's still stuck in the alternative '90s, in terms of her attitude and aesthetic, and Blink the Brightest could have been released in 1996, the same year as her debut, The Burdens of Being Upright. But where PJ Harvey was a touchstone on that record, this is halfway between early Liz Phair and latter-day Aimee Mann, lacking both the commercial crossover aspiration of Ms. Liz's 2003 effort and the tasteful monotony of Mann's recent work. While Bonham can be a little lyrically clunky at times, her music is rich and varied, flowing from ornate pop to pretty sighing ballads to eerie folky confessionals and ironic indie pop. As an album, it holds together better than either of her previous LPs, and it captures the late-'90s adult alternative vibe better than the latest efforts by either Phair or Mann. And while some listeners may feel that may make Bonham a little stuck in the past, the truth is that she's just out of time -- if she moved a little faster, this could have come out in 1999, where it would have fit the times a little bit better than it does in 2005, but that detracts from the fact that Blink the Brightest is her most ambitious, fully realized, and best record to date.
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
A postdivorce album for disappointed grown-ups that's somehow fresh enough for apple-cheeked kids, too. (B+)

A postdivorce album for disappointed grown-ups that's somehow fresh enough for apple-cheeked kids, too. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • UPC: 601143106521
  • Catalog Number: 431065
  • Sales rank: 168,886

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tracy Bonham Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Violin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Claves, Vibes, Pump Organ, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Davey Faragher Bass Guitar
Mitchell Froom Piano, Vibes, Hammond B3
Sebastian Steinberg Electric Guitar, Double Bass
Michael Ward Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Joey Waronker Percussion, Drums
Ryan MacMillan Drums
Greg Collins Acoustic Guitar, Clarinet, Piano, Bass Guitar, Hammond Organ, Slide Guitar, chamberlain
David Levita Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Electric Baritone), Guitar (Baritone)
Matt Beck Electric Guitar
Dan Rothcild Bass Guitar
Butch Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Greg Wells Composer
Peter Rauh Management
Joey Waronker Producer, Audio Production
Tracy Bonham Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Steven Jurgensmeyer Art Direction
Todd Burke Engineer
Chad Bamford Engineer
Ken Rich Producer
Greg Collins Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Marc Copely Composer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Hadley Hooper Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I never heard of Tracy Bonham in my life until I heard one of her songs on "The L Word". It caught my ear so I decided to go out and get the album... and I am so happy I did. It's simply amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    This is by far my favorite Tracy Bonham album. I've been a huge fan of Tracy since her debut album. And this album just shows how much she's grown up musically. Her song lyrics are so powerful, and the melodies that comes up with are just spectacular. I think that it was a smart move on her part to incorporate a little bit of pop in her melodies this time around. It makes her music sound a lot more soothing and a lot more mature. I think my favorite song off of the album has to be Shine. It's just so uplifting, but for some reason, when I hear that song, I can't help but cry sometimes. When I bought the album, I bought it because I liked the song Something Beautiful. But I love it because there are so many other songs on the album that are just so amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tracy's Back

    Tracy's has been missed in her absence but this album will re-engergize her career. This is quite possibly her best album to date. It shows maturity and development in her music and lyriks. Some of the stand out tracks on Blink the Brightes are "Something Beautiful" and "Eyes." If you are a Tracy Bonham or Alternative Rock fan then you have to buy this album and hear her brilliance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic album

    I think "Blink the Brightest" is the best album Tracy Bonham has produced all these years. Her mastery and maturity in instrument playing does help her make some very nice songs. Besides, her voice is so lovable. I really recommend those who love rock treat yourself with this fantastic album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blink the Brightest rocks!

    It's very rare to find a cd that has more than 3 good songs. Blink the Brightest not only delivers, but it surpassed my expectations. I love the way that Tracy incorporates indie rock with a hint of pop. Very few artists can get away with that. One of my favorite songs on the album is "Whether You Fall." I love depressing music, and this song is just so incredibly sad. I listened to it the other night, and it almost made me cry. A good indie rock song will do that.

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