Our Bright Future

Our Bright Future is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released on November 11, 2008. The album was co-produced by Larry Klein. The album's first single "Sing For You" was released digitally on October 31. In promotion for this album, Chapman appeared on radio stations across Europe with interviews and sessions. Chapman also performed "Sing for You" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. A European tour in support of the disc took place through November and December 2008. A US tour was planned for January 2009 but was postponed.[5] Chapman toured Europe again in the Summer of 2009. Our Bright Future was certified Gold in France, selling more than 200,000 copies there.[6] It also was certified Gold in Switzerland, for sales in excess of 15,000. The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. To date, it is Chapman's latest record.

Our Bright Future
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 11, 2008 (2008-11-11)
Length42:20
LabelElektra
ProducerTracy Chapman, Larry Klein
Tracy Chapman chronology
Where You Live
(2005)
Our Bright Future
(2008)
Greatest Hits
(2015)
Singles from Our Bright Future
  1. "Sing for You"
    Released: 2008
  2. "Thinking of You"
    Released: 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic65/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[3]
Toronto Star3.5/4 stars[4]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Tracy Chapman.

  1. "Sing for You" – 4:25
  2. "I Did It All" – 3:10
  3. "Save Us All" – 3:46
  4. "Our Bright Future" – 4:13
  5. "For a Dream" – 3:19
  6. "Thinking of You" – 4:49
  7. "A Theory" – 3:18
  8. "Conditional" – 4:05
  9. "Something to See" – 4:14
  10. "The First Person on Earth" – 3:52
  11. "Spring" – 3:07

PersonnelEdit

  • Tracy Chapman – acoustic and electric guitar, vocals
  • Larry Goldings – keyboards
  • Jared Faw – piano
  • Steve Gadd – drums
  • Joe Gore – acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards
  • Larry Klein – bass guitar, organ
  • Dean Parks – guitar, clarinet, mandolin, pedal steel guitar
  • Joey Waronker – drums, percussion
  • Rock Deadrick – background vocals
  • Carla Kihlstedt – violin, nyckelharpa
  • Michael Webster – keyboards
  • Rob Burger – keyboards

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Sales certifications for Our Bright Future
Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[26] Platinum 100,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[27] Gold 15,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

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