Mikael Wood
July 28, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Masts of Manhatta

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Tracy Bonham
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

Its title cribbed from Walt Whitman, Masts of Manhatta finds Tracy Bonham describing a quieter, more grown-up life, one she and her hubby split between Brooklyn and Woodstock. ”I hear a young sparrow,” she sings. ”Oh, it’s your ringtone.” The music straddles that urban/rural divide with tasty jazz-roots arrangements by Beck’s ex-guitarist Smokey Hormel. But it’s Bonham’s wryly literate lyrics that bring you along for the ride. B+

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