Our Bright Future

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
For Tracy Chapman, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Twenty years after her self-titled debut made her an unexpected overnight star, Chapman's music has changed remarkably little, and while it would be unfair to say she's revealed no stylistic growth since her first album, two decades on she's still following a remarkably similar path, offering well-crafted, midtempo acoustic-oriented songs rooted deep in issues of social justice and matters of the heart on her eighth album, Our Bright Future. Produced by Larry Klein, best known for his work with Joni Mitchell, Our Bright Future doesn't sound retro quite so much as it seems to have appeared by magic from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
For Tracy Chapman, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Twenty years after her self-titled debut made her an unexpected overnight star, Chapman's music has changed remarkably little, and while it would be unfair to say she's revealed no stylistic growth since her first album, two decades on she's still following a remarkably similar path, offering well-crafted, midtempo acoustic-oriented songs rooted deep in issues of social justice and matters of the heart on her eighth album, Our Bright Future. Produced by Larry Klein, best known for his work with Joni Mitchell, Our Bright Future doesn't sound retro quite so much as it seems to have appeared by magic from some time warp linking Chapman to the early '70s, complete with Steve Gadd delivering supremely tasteful drumming and Dean Parks doing the same on guitar. With the exception of the sly "I Did It All," in which Chapman assumes the voice of some wild-child celebrity celebrating her paparazzi-worthy exploits, Our Bright Future covers the thematic territory you'd expect from Chapman -- the universality of faith against the factionalism of religion ("Save Us All"), the folly of war ("Our Bright Future"), the struggle to overcome cynicism in a culture gone wrong ("Thinking of You"), the longing for a better world ("Something to See"), and the sweet solace of love ("A Theory"). Chapman's songs are both heartfelt and literate, as they've always been, and the production and arrangements are free of clutter, allowing her subtle but passionate vocals to take the center stage without strain. 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. There's a fine line between doing what you do best and simply following formula, and Our Bright Future finds Chapman leaning too far towards the bad side of that equation for her own good.
Billboard
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. Evie Nagy
The Guardian
The new record isn't all politics. Rather it is a set of tenderly honed folk and country songs addressing themes of family and love, as well as war and religion.
National Public Radio
Now on her eighth studio album, Chapman seems to have landed on some comfortable middle ground: Our Bright Future mixes low-key message songs with the relentlessly pleasant likes of "Sing for You."...it's a lovely return for a singer whose calmly smoky voice remains welcome in any era.

The new record isn't all politics. Rather it is a set of tenderly honed folk and country songs addressing themes of family and love, as well as war and religion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678982125
  • Catalog Number: 514061
  • Sales rank: 14,744

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sing for You (4:25)
  2. 2 I Did It All (3:09)
  3. 3 Save Us All (3:46)
  4. 4 Our Bright Future (4:12)
  5. 5 For a Dream (3:18)
  6. 6 Thinking of You (4:49)
  7. 7 A Theory (3:17)
  8. 8 Conditional (4:05)
  9. 9 Something to See (4:13)
  10. 10 The First Person on Earth (3:52)
  11. 11 Spring (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tracy Chapman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Larry Goldings Organ, Piano, Pump Organ, Wurlitzer
Steve Gadd Drums
Joe Gore Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Larry Klein Organ, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Dean Parks Clarinet, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Joey Waronker Percussion, Drums
Rock Deadrick Background Vocals
Carla Kihlstedt Violin, Nyckelharpa
Rob Burger Organ, Piano, Vibes, Pump Organ, Wurlitzer
Michael Webster Piano, Clavichord
Technical Credits
Tracy Chapman Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Larry Klein Producer, Audio Production
Helix Hadar Engineer
Matt Taylor Band Art Direction
Anika King Art Manager
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