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Burden of Being Upright [CASSETTE] [Import]

Tracy Bonham Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (10 Jun 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000001E8W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,673,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Talented and overlooked 21 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
A passionate and talented singer, her only (?) album is a promising collection of songs bursting with life, anger and love. It has a slightly raw edge but the songs are well crafted and the singer has a poweful voice.
I would compare her to PJ Harvey - because of the voice and musical talent but lyrically and musically Bonham is more simple and direct.
It's a shame she didn't release any more (that I've heard of) this was a good start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Geetar toting Rock Chick's Excellent Debut! 21 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Tracy is a classically trained violinist and pianist, who has plenty of talent, and her songs are compelling listening. This album, released in 1996, was her major label debut. It went Gold, spawning the hit single Mother Mother.

The songs are well written and show off her excellent voice. Tell It To The Sky and Sharks Can't Sleep are very similar in style, slower in tempo, and starting off quiet before launching into an all out aural assault on your eardrums! The One and One Hit Wonder are another 2 excellent songs. The more I listen to this Album, I can't understand why it wasn't more successful. But then the UK ALWAYS follows trends, and Geetar toting Rock Chicks weren't too fashionable in 96!

If this Album had Mr Cobain singing, it would be hailed as a classic!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Matter of Taste, but I didn't like it 28 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD
Sorry, Not what I thought it would be. I was expecting something a little different, but this sounded like a cross between a Cement mixer and someone digging up the Road.

Definitely not to my liking.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's great, she's blunt and she ROCKS!!!! 15 Oct 2004
By Chris Ochman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I didn't know about Tracy Bonham until a friend of mine showed me her song, "Mother Mother". I didn't know what to think at first, and kind of filed away in my memory.

Then I heard the song "Bulldog". I listened to the song, and it really can be taken the wrong way, and I actually think she meant it that way. I fell in love with her after that song. I have access to both of her albums, and am eagerly awaiting her next album.

She's blunt, she has a great voice and she simply rocks. Typical rock, but with her own bit of flair, making the music truly unique. I think the most unique aspect of her songs is what she sings about. In "Sharks Cant's Sleep", she talks about seeing sharks eating men, and then she ate a man.....and that's not okay. If you see the video...her expression is simply hilarious. She gives you a kind of...sweet smile. Of course, you can't hate her so much for it, because, she knows it wasn't okay. *grins*

Hurry, when I wrote this review, only 5 were left in stock! Hurry up and buy one! You won't regret it! I promise you! Just listen to her music with a slightly....demented frame of mind, and you just might understand them better.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Burdens of Being Good 16 Oct 2004
By Benjamin Norman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like most people, the song that drew me to this album was "Mother, Mother". My own mother found it rather amusing that this woman on the radio was shrieking about being fine.

I was young when I got it, 12 I think. I didn't understand the meanings of most of the songs, but it didn't matter. Tracy has an undeniable talent, and her songs are compelling even for young'uns like I was.

She tangles melodies in her violin strings and belts a voice out of her 5'2 frame that belongs in someone taller and fatter. Her messages may be confusing but what is good rock without...interesting lyrics?

Tracks to check out: Mother, Mother; Brain Crack; Bulldog. There are more but I can't think of them right now.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNDERRATED AND UNDER APPRECIATED 19 Feb 2003
By Daniel J. Hagerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
the burdens of being upright is one amazing trip of a record. i think its only flaw is that at times it is a little too derivative. "tell it to the sky" comes off like black hole sun era soundgarden and "navy bean" is one great rocking riff but, to me, is very nirvana circa incesticide. there is also the radio candy hit "mother mother" which is one great song. smart, toungue in cheek humor with great music to back it up.
i see alot of reviewers did not like her voice but i find tracy a good singer, capable if singing and really belting out a good scream when the song calls for it. there were a couple of weaker songs but all in all this is a good cd.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most under-rated artists around 2 May 2001
By "westwinger" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those rare CDs where you can listen to it, beginning to end, and never feel the urge to skip a track or turn it off. I listened to this over and over again for 3 days, driving from Connecticut to Minnesota, and I never got tired of it.
Most people remember the song "Mother, Mother" if they hear it, but they will instantly connect with each of the other songs after just hearing them once. I know I did. "The One", "Navy Bean", "Brain Crack", "Bulldog", etc.--each and every single one is a gem.
Every person listening can draw something different from each song. Tracy has a knack for creating music that everyone, especially young women, can relate to.
Her voice is the perfect "sing-along" voice--you don't have to be another Christina Aguilera to belt out each song along with Tracy. (Not that she's isn't a great singer--she is--but her voice is just raspy enough so that those of us not blessed with brilliant voices can sing along quite contently.)
Each song is written the way a song should be written--soulful, deep, yet also understandable and suitable for even the least poetically-minded person.
There isn't a bad song on this album, and anyone who buys it will be pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it is. I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy "Burdens". I know I do. :o)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rocking and Biting 11 Nov 2001
By DGoldstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tracy Bonham makes great music here. She has a terrific rock and roll sensibility. The range of her songs lend a drama to this album that makes you want to scream along.
It reminds me a bit of Belly, and it sometimes blends in with my Joydrop, as it shares the pop drama that inherits from Cyndi Lauper and Kate Bush. But Tracy is able to really sell simply instrumentally backed songs like "Kisses" in a way that few artists can match, and in a way it makes me think of T-Rex.
On the other hand "Bulldog" just makes you want to dance in your chair.
Yes the lyrics are cryptic and not always meaningful, but the whole of the album is a good addition if you have a soft spot for the female vocalist's snarl...
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