Monday, December 3, 2007

No. 261: Tracy Chapman

Band: Tracy Chapman
Album: Tracy Chapman
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: Tracy Chapman's record rekindled the girl-folk thing that flourished for a short while in the late 1960s.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: Does anyone remember Tracy Chapman? Should anyone care about Tracy Chapman?
Best song: "Fast Car" is, by far, the best song on the album.
Worst song: Everything else stinks.
Is it awesome?: Nope.

Like Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman is mostly lost to history. And, like Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman isn't really all that good.

Granted, "Fast Car" is a cool song. "Talkin' Bout a Revolution" kind of stinks. Chapman's voice is passionate and warbles in a way that is incredibly annoying.

It's nice that she's partially responsible for bringing Jewel and Sarah McLachlan into popular culture, but Tracy Chapman is pretty not-exciting.

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