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New Beginning (Tracy Chapman album)

New Beginning
Studio album by Tracy Chapman
Released November 14, 1995
Recorded 1994–1995
Genre Folk, blues
Length 62:19
Label Elektra
Producer Tracy Chapman, Don Gehman
Tracy Chapman chronology
Matters of the Heart
New Beginning
Telling Stories
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Robert Christgau (B-)[2]
Rolling Stone [3]

New Beginning is the fourth album by singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman, released in 1995 (see 1995 in music). According to Nielsen Soundscan, it is her biggest-selling recording since 1991, with 3.8 million copies sold,[4] and according to the RIAA, it has shipped five million copies in the United States.

According to Billboard Magazine, the "New Beginning" single was the first multi-session disc to have a sticker printed on the back of the packaging detailing system requirements to play the multi-media footage.


  • Track listing 1
  • Musical style 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Production 4
  • Charts 5
  • Awards 6
  • References 7

Track listing

All songs written by Tracy Chapman.

  1. "Heaven's Here on Earth" – 5:23
  2. "New Beginning" – 5:33
  3. "Smoke and Ashes" – 6:39
  4. "Cold Feet" – 5:40
  5. "At This Point in My Life" – 5:09
  6. "The Promise" – 5:28
  7. "The Rape of the World" – 7:07
  8. "Tell It Like It Is" – 6:08
  9. "Give Me One Reason" – 4:31
  10. "Remember the Tinman" – 5:45
  11. "I'm Ready" – 4:56
  12. "Save a Place For Me" (hidden track)

Musical style

The album's sound consists of Chapman's trademark acoustic rock / folk sound and is mainly made up of slow, low-key tunes and a few upbeat tracks. One notable exception is the hit "Give Me One Reason", which is a blues piece. Most tracks on the album have backup singers, which was very rare in Chapman's earlier works.



  • Producers: Tracy Chapman, Don Gehman
  • Engineer: Don Gehman
  • Assistant engineers: John Ewing, Jr., Kevin Scott, Doug Trantow
  • Mixing: Don Gehman
  • Mastering: Eddy Schreyer
  • Production coordination: Diane Medak
  • Art direction: Lee Cantelon
  • Design: Lee Cantelon
  • Graphic layout: Lavonne Murlowski
  • Photography: Christine Alicino



Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard 200 4
1995 Swedish Album Chart 46

– Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1996 "Give Me One Reason" Adult Contemporary 3
1996 "Give Me One Reason" Adult Top 40 1
1996 "Give Me One Reason" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 35
1996 "Give Me One Reason" The Billboard Hot 100 3
1996 "Give Me One Reason" Top 40 Mainstream 2
1997 "Give Me One Reason" Top 40 Adult Recurrents 1


Grammy Awards
Year Winner Category
1996 "Give Me One Reason" Best Rock Song


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (1995-11-14). "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". 2008-07-26. Archived from the original on 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Ask Billboard: Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman, Jeff Bates". 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
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