Picks and Pans Review: Tracy Chapman

updated 11/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

One Bright Future

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If you're still holding out for another "Fast Car," you won't find it on Tracy Chapman's new CD. But there remains an enduring appeal to her sweet twang and honest introspection. On her solid eighth effort she weaves tales of love and political entanglement with ethereal piano and layered strings. Future also finds Chapman digging into her past: her adolescence on "For a Dream" and her gritty 20s on "I Did It All."

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