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Blink the Brightest

Tracy Bonham Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Distribution
  • ASIN: 555905691X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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THE TRACK "SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL" IS ON THE RADIO 2 C PLAYLIST W/C 12/09. Expect an upturn in sales. Tracy Bonham, the acclaimed singer and songwriter who burst onto the national stage with her #1 Modern Rock hit “Mother Mother,” is back with her most compelling album yet, featuring 12 of the most captivating, resonant songs she has ever written. The multi-instrumentalist, who earned a Gold record and two Grammy nominations for her debut CD, plays violin, piano, keyboards, guitar and vibes on the new album. "This record goes back to my core, to the music that I really love, incorporating classical influences, rock and pop, sometimes an r&b or soul flavour", says Bonham. In search of diverse soundscapes, Bonham co-produced the album with Joey Waronker, who has drummed for REM and Beck, and Greg Collins, who has engineered and mixed records for U2, No Doubt, and Matchbox Twenty, among others. Tracks: Something Beautiful / I Was Born Without You / And The World Has The Nerve To Keep Turning / Eyes / Take Your Love Out On Me / Whether You Fall / Dumbo Sun / All Thumbs / Naked / Shine / Wilting Flower / Did I Sleep Through It All.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She's back! 16 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
When an artist is unceremoniously dumped by a major label it either finishes them or makes them. In Bonham's case I'm pleased to say its the latter. "Blink The Brightest" is a significant return to form after the average "Down Here".
Throwing off the rock trappings she's delivered a mature and accessible third album, full of catchy tunes and the spirit of a musician truly comfortable with her oeuvre. Chances are "Blink The Brightest" won't set the charts alight, but its one of the most intelligent and fascinating albums of 2005. More power to her!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come and worship all ye music lovers!!! 14 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Well what can I say other than yet again the British have ignored a brilliant musical talent. Come and worship at the altar of Tracy Bonham and you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as her first two.. 22 Jun 2005
By Label - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, this album is certainly a little less aggressive in it's tone and that's not neccessarily a bad thing, though in this case it might turn out that that's the special something that made her first two albums impressive and engaging efforts. I think a lot of the songs on this album are very good and Tracy's song-writing ability has certainly matured. Still the songs don't tend to "soar" or "rage" or tend to "bare it all raw" like her past efforts. (Think "Kisses harder than me, Mother Mother, The One", etc)

There's just a little bit of an edge that I miss - at least after my first few listens.....instead of the aggressive or raw nature of her first two efforts, this album feels a bit more contemplative, meloncholy and introspective. All in all I'm pleased with the effort and I like what I hear, I just think some of the elements noted above that made Tracy special are not quite as ubiquotous as they were in her past efforts.

Still, losing the rage and rawness of one's youth is to be expected and one can only harness such a muse for a brief time so it's not wholly unexpected that she mature into the songwriter that shows up on this album.

I feel this has been a largely negative review and that's not really what I wanted to convey. Basically, I like the album a lot, it will probably grow on me even more on repeat listens and by and large it's an excellent effort.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mature Bonham sound that's still unique 8 Dec 2005
By Mr. Stanley M. Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
HOOORAY!! Finally a new TB release. After listening, I was a bit surprised...the girl has grown up, matured, but has managed to keep her signature sound. For a little on my favorite tracks, read on:

The opening track, Something Beautiful, is just that. Great vocals, great guitar, great everything. What a pleasing opener. Eyes has a very catchy melody and is a well done near-ballad. Dumbo Sun is awesome! A fun tune with fun lyrics. Shine is my second favorite on the disc. I love the inspirational lyrics and smokin' melody. Shine has the best chorus of any song.

Bottom Line: TB fans, this is a must buy. You won't be disappointed, in fact, probably very pleased with her mature sound. You can still hear some of the early Bonham influences here, but they are refined and polished. Thanks for the music, Tracy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Exquisite 21 Aug 2006
By Jay Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Tracy Bonham's first two albums are quite good but they couldn't prepare me for how astonishing "Blink the Brightest" is. Where do I start? The following are my very favorite tracks- the title of "Something Beautiful" speaks for itself. The soaring "Eyes" is so filled with great hooks it's almost too good to be true. "Take Your Love Out on Me" has wonderfully witty lyrics along with a sweet melody and that exceptionally imaginative violin playing that is a signature of Tracy's sound. The arrangement of "Dumbo Sun" sounds like Tracy getting in touch with her inner Fiona Apple with comically nostalgic lyrics confirming that "I miss those days more than a little". I sure can relate to that one. "Shine" shimmers like the perfect soundtrack for summertime- just gorgeous! The assured "Naked" and "Wilting Flower" (with its summery refrain "Loves me anyway, loves me anyway, loves me anyway" evoking a girl plucking a daisy with her litany of "He loves me, he loves me not") are like intimate gifts. It's good to see that a bit of Tracy's angst has mellowed with maturity and is now more tempered with humor, albeit dark humor! "Blink the Brightest" ends with the sublime "Did I Sleep Through It All?" Not on this CD, she hasn't! So why isn't this woman immensely successful? Do your ears a huge favor and pick this essential Tracy Bonham album up. If you like a bit more angst and 'rawk' get her first two albums as well. Her debut album is titled "The Burdens of Being Upright" followed by "Down Here".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Something Beautiful 27 July 2006
By Peter Marinari - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tracy Bonham made her name in 1996 with "Mother Mother," her wry phone home after leaving the nest. The alternately acoustic and punkish rock Burdens of Being Upright was just as wry throughout, making as much of a trademark of Bonham's peculiar twists of phrase and witty titles than the unusual addition of her electric violin to the blend.

It has been ten years since "Mother Mother," and aside from a mostly-ignored second release in 2000 and a guest spot on a Blue Man Group album and subsequent tour, I was beginning to wonder if Tracy Bonham was gone for good. Had VH1 claimed another one hit wonder for its retrospective glances at the 90s?

As it turns out, not at all. On Blink the Brightest Tracy ditches the crashing rock crescendos but keeps the scathing wit, and adds some of the best hooks of her career. The result is a disc that is disarmingly pretty and predictably witty, if almost alarming mature.

Opener "Something Beautiful" is the sort of pop song that should be taught to aspiring musicians - downtempo, but still a head-nodder due to its simply beautiful arrangement. Every line of the song is a monster-sized hook, especially when Tracy trades in her "Mother Mother" scream for a gentle soprano to glide into its chorus.

On a first pass some of Bonham's lyrics lie a little flat, but often it's just because their theme isn't always immediately obvious. Especially after "Something Beautiful," a few of the early tracks seem a little artless or sparse on sense, but even a trio of listens will reveal each track has its requisite depth to be appreciated. Particularly, "Dumbo Sun" sounds Aimee Mannish with its steady throb of B3 organ (blooming into slightly incongruous bluesy piano later in the song), but its lyrics take a touch of untangling before they hit home.

Though her vocal range seems slightly expanded and surer, Bonham's edgy deadpan delivery is as on the mark as ever. For a sample, try "Eyes," its thumping acoustic guitar recalling her first album as well as newer unplugged rockers like Green Day's "Warning."

What might be her prettiest vocal to date is underscored by the simple piano chords of "Whether You Fall." Some of the melodic leaps and cadences lend the song an almost R&B-hit sheen, but without the eventual entrance of the other subtle instruments that seem to be foreshadowed (think Aguilera's "Beautiful") it's a little too plain-jane for its own good - like an early demo of an eventually huge hit.

"All Thumbs" and "Naked" are two more surely crafted hits, both so unassumingly catchy that they seems destined to underscore scenes on television dramas. Still, the Bonham oddness shines through on the bridge of "Naked" with a swirling bed of slightly clashing violins. "Did I Sleep Through It All" makes for a pretty closer that could easily serve an act three lament in a Sleeping Beauty revival if not for the peculiar lyrics about getting drunk at Sunday School parties.

Blink The Brightest is catchy, though perhaps a little too familiarly derivative of other cloying melodies to cement itself as all-time classic. However, what it may lack in being memorable it makes up for in being a joy to listen to (often repeatedly) - not only proof that Tracy hasn't fallen off the map, but that she is as catchy and charmingly off-beat as ever.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tracy's best work! 21 Jun 2005
By classicalij - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tracy Bonham is back and even better than before. This album shows maturity in her lyriks and sound. She lost the angry woman vibe that made her famous in the Burden of being upright, but this sound is even better. Blink the Brightest will be a classic in the indie alternative music worl and is Tracy's best work.
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