By: Liza Cranis
March 3, 2018
Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements
by Richard Goldman
I had been eagerly looking forward to the new Tracy Newman CD “That’s What Love Can Do To Your Heart” mainly because I’m the author of the title song & co-writer on another tune on the CD. But here’s the thing; As a songwriting partner, friend, and veteran of many of her shows, I felt like I knew Tracy’s music pretty well – But listening to her newer tunes on this new cd was a true epiphany – the arrangements are genius – simple – straight-forward – gorgeous sounding guitar picking & dobro & bass – “Now” rocked my T. Newman world – it’s as raw as I have ever heard her words get – the track opens simply & slowly expands till you realize you’re in the middle of a boffo Roy Orbison crescendo ending. Tracy’s vocals throughout the cd are poignant, soulful, and confident. The chorus to “Alone” – The three-part vocals on “So Many Letters” (which may well be my new favorite of hers) are stunning – shoutout to the reinforcements – I’m honored to be a part of this – but, oh crap I forgot to mention how much I loved the production (and the mandolin lick) on “Lie Down Darlin” so Gram Parson’s “Brass Buttons” – My compliments to the Chef – If you love Tracy’s music, she is plateauing here as an artist.
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Source: Songwriter’s Square Newsletter by Bill Berry, February 1, 2018