Tracy Bonham could be Sheryl Crow’s moodier, less sociable sister.
Her third album is a pop-music gem, combining lavish melodies and snappy
lyrics about the nagging hunger for satisfaction, brought to life by
her dry, sardonic vocals. Cataloguing the effects of obsession, she
mutters, “Why can’t I live without you now?” in the
jittery “I Was Born Without You,” then surrenders to desire
in “Take Your Love Out on Me,” featuring a soaring chorus
that suggests an unsettling dream. Bonham doesn’t pretend to have
answers—the wry “Did I Sleep Through it All?” closes
the album with a meditation on uncertainty—but she turns the search
for them into remarkable drama.
- Jon Young