She's been out of the spotlight for three years, but little has changed about Tracy Chapman or her music. All the tracks on her eighth studio album, Our Bright Future, are as clear as her voice, and the lyrics are simple and honest. Future is folk music that's thick with soul and a little country. Sure, we've heard it before, but who said sticking to what you do best is a bad thing?
The tone of the album never varies from mellow; this bluesy coffee-shop music is still the very definition of "easy listening." Chapman continues to sing about love and commitment and never forgets to colour in a little spirituality and political commentary.
Top track: I Did It All