Blink the Brightest
Tracy Bonham could be Sheryl Crows 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 cant 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 doesnt pretend to have answersthe wry Did I Sleep Through it All? closes the album with a meditation on uncertaintybut she turns the search for them into remarkable drama.