REVIEW (babysue magazine/LMNOP 3/08)
"This is the second full-length release we have heard from Tracy Spuehler. Her first album (the refreshingly genuine It's The Sound) was warmly received by several underground pop writers. You're My Star was cut from the same general fabric as Tracy's last album...but is even more enticing and entertaining. For most folks, writing the perfect two or three minute pop song is a very difficult (if not impossible) task. But Spuehler makes it sound as simple as peach pie. On this album, she tosses off twelve super sweet infectious tunes...and they all come across sounding perfectly tweaked and effortless. Part of what makes Tracy's music work is the fact that she uses extremely simple and direct arrangements to support her vocals. As a result, the words and melodies don't get lost in the shuffle of too-many-unnecessary instruments. When you stop to think about how many sarcastic, negative people there are in the world...someone as genuinely sincere and talented as Tracy Spuehler comes across like a cool fresh splash of water in the face. To put it more simply, You're My Star is a truly beautiful album full of super catchy sparkling pop. Pure feelgood cuts include the title track, "Unforgettable," "Long Way From Home" (a particularly beautiful track), "You Are My Only," and "Wedding Song." Ms. Spuehler has really captured our hearts and imagination with this one." (Rating: 5+++)
Tracy Spuehler writes deceptively simple indie-pop songs that are a clear reflection of her own life. Described by the New Times as having “elements of Juliana Hatfield's little-girl lilt, Aimee Mann's confessional pop and Liz Phair's indie-rock feistiness… this native Angeleno puts so much of herself into her songs that her music winds up charmingly fresh and all her own.” Following two critically acclaimed albums, Tracy is set to release “You’re My Star” on February 12th. But you can buy it here before the official release!
Tracy’s new album builds on her tradition of transforming unique personal experiences into bold, visual songs everyone can relate to. Her solo debut “six three one” was an album of “sweet, sensitive songs” (Village Voice) chronicling loss — of her mother, her home, her lover, and even her car. Her sophomore album “It’s the Sound” detailed the joy and heartbreak of her dating experiences in LA with “bursts of wit and sweetness tempered by dollops of sobering reality” (Los Angeles Times). And now Tracy has completed “You’re My Star,” where she finds out what it is to find lasting, unconditional love. It is by far her most swooning, love-happy album to date.
Tracy’s sweet-smart songwriting has been beloved by tastemakers, DJs and critics since the release of “six three one.” KCRW listeners already adored the delicious hooks of “Where Do We Go?” long before it charmed the nation through a major Nissan TV campaign. Both “six three one” and its follow-up, “It’s the Sound” received heavy independent radio support, landing in CMJ’s top 200 and KCRW’s top 50 charts. Both albums have also found major placements in TV (Weeds, Men In Trees, What About Brian, Joan of Arcadia, Life As We Know It, Laguna Beach) and in film (Mozart and the Whale, Love Thy Neighbor).
In 2005, Tracy was nominated for the LA Weekly’s Best Singer-Songwriter Award, and critics nationwide fell for her “organic, airy quality” (American Songwriter) and "writing so unobtrusive, she is able to evoke profound depth of feeling through little more than subtle suggestion" (Paste Magazine). Maybe Miles of Music put it best, calling Tracy “Simply lovable.”
Recorded in Chicago with longtime producer Liam Davis, “You’re My Star” deepens Tracy’s strength as a songwriter. The title track sets the tone for this collection of love songs, followed by the mid-tempo rocker “Unforgettable,” with its raw vocal treatment and infectious hooks. “Orange Crush” bursts a sticky line of pop poetry while “Jones,” an in-utero tribute, is both captivating and addictively melodic.
In the words of Derek Sivers, Founder of CD Baby, “Imagine a messy, chaotic world filled with junkyards and media billboards, all shouting noise, hype, and clutter. Now imagine in the middle of this mess is a little oasis, a little perfect circle with a single simple beam of light shining down on a girl singing a simple melody. That's Tracy.”