Our Bright Future

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Our Bright Future
Studio album by Tracy Chapman
Released November 11, 2008
Genre Alternative rock
Length 42:20
Label Elektra
Producer Tracy Chapman, Larry Klein
Tracy Chapman chronology
Where You Live
(2005)
Our Bright Future
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Toronto Star 3.5/4 stars[2]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[3]

Our Bright Future is Tracy Chapman's eighth studio album and was released on November 11, 2008. The album was co-produced by Larry Klein. The album's first single "Sing For You" was released digitally on October 31. In promotion for this album Chapman appeared on radio stations across Europe with interviews and sessions. Chapman also performed "Sing for You" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. A European tour in support of the disc took place through November and December 2008. A U.S. tour was planned for January 2009 but was postponed.[4] Chapman toured Europe again in the Summer of 2009. Our Bright Future was certified Gold in France for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.[5] The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. To date, it is Chapman's latest record.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tracy Chapman.

  1. "Sing for You" – 4:25
  2. "I Did It All" – 3:10
  3. "Save Us All" – 3:46
  4. "Our Bright Future" – 4:13
  5. "For a Dream" – 3:19
  6. "Thinking of You" – 4:49
  7. "A Theory" – 3:18
  8. "Conditional" – 4:05
  9. "Something to See" – 4:14
  10. "The First Person on Earth" – 3:52
  11. "Spring" – 3:07

Personnel[edit]

  • Tracy Chapman – acoustic and electric guitar, vocals
  • Larry Goldings – keyboards
  • Jared Faw - piano
  • Steve Gadd – drums
  • Joe Gore – acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards
  • Larry Klein – bass, organ
  • Dean Parks – guitar, clarinet, mandolin, pedal steel
  • Joey Waronker – drums, percussion
  • Rock Deadrick – background vocals
  • Carla Kihlstedt – violin, nyckelharpa
  • Michael Webster – keyboards
  • Rob Burger – keyboards

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak position
2008 Australian ARIA Albums Chart[6] 81
2008 U.S. Billboard 200 57
2008 UK Albums Chart 75
2008 French Albums Chart 5

The single "Sing for You" was a moderate airplay hit in the U.S. It charted on Billboard '​s Triple A chart for 14 weeks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark (2008-11-11). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Toronto Star review". Thestar.com. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Slant Magazine review". Slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Official website". Tracy Chapman. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  5. ^ http://www.chartsinfrance.net/charts/bilan-2008.php
  6. ^ "Pandora Archive". Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-02-03.