Masts of Manhatta - Tracy Bonham Album Review

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Album Review

D'ya know what? I was bored shitless for the first few songs on this 5th album by Grammy-nominated Tracy Bonham and I kind of wondered how she got those honours. I finally realised by track 5, "When You Laugh The Whole World Laughs With You", that Bonham probably deserved her earlier accolades - but by the last song I am still scratching my head.

Acoustic and bluesy American singer-songwriters are everywhere, but Tracy Bonham isn't - yet. I'm calmly nodding my head to "We Moved Our City To The Country" and "In The Moonlight" and thinking that this lady should be filling venues - but I'm also remembering the first few songs and their ineffectual effect on my ears early on. Hmmm....

After listening to this album six times over, I have come to the conclusion that 'songs' are the main provider of kudos and cash and Bonham falls short on a few occasions. I feel guilty about my opinion during the closing track, "I Love You Today", because it ends the album on a high - but the first four songs fail to grab my attention beyond yawning and switching on 'Oprah'. Hmmm. Promise swamped by disappointing delivery.

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