New Beginning, Elektra, CD 61850-2, 1995 (64:31)
A new beginning for love and earth
Tracy Chapman in many ways today represents our collective conscience. From her
opening composition, "Heavens Here on Earth," with its
optimistic tone about love and life, Tracy provides us with direction:
We are born inside the gates with the power to create life/ And to take it
away/ The world is our temple/ The world is our church/ Heavens here on
earth/ If we have faith in humankind/ And unfaltering belief in peace and love
and understanding/ This could be heaven here on earth.
A combination of songs about love and longing, unrequited love, and love of the
earth make up her New Beginning release. In this 1995 album, Tracy
has affirmed her place as a strong and confident singer songwriter. Its
evident in all of her compositions, most of which were written in 1994.
"Give Me One Reason," the exception, was given the most air time and
became a popular single, though it was written back in 1986 when Tracy was
still getting established.
In "The Rape of the World," a beautiful yet mournful ballad, she asks
us to speak out about our environmental exploits on the mother of us all:
"If you look youll see it with your own eyes/ If you listen you will
hear her cries/ If you care you will stand and testify/ And stop the rape of
the world." More than in her earlier releases, Tracy is urging for
environmental activism in these apathetic times.
Tracy is backed by a solid group of musicians, which adds great depth to her
rich and soothing voice. It is the tone of her voice that perhaps makes her
message so easy to hear. Tracy Chapman is a welcome and needed voice of reason
for the 90s. Mark Craemer
Tracy Chapman, vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars,
organ; Andy Stoller, bass and tamboura; Rock Deadrick, drums and percussion;
Adam Levy, electric guitar; Glenys Rogers, percussion. Additional musicians:
Lili Haydn, violin; Cameron Stone, cello; Eric Rigler, Scottish small-pipes and
whistle; Phil Shenale, keyboards; Scott Roewe, didjeridu; John Thomas, piano.
Recorded at The Site in San Rafael, CA. 1995. Produced by Don Gehman and Tracy
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