You’d be forgiven for not knowing who Tracy Bonham is, but 90s rock fans will remember her 1996 debut single 'Mother, Mother,' an aggressive anthem for a generation of angst-ridden teenagers boasting screaming vocals that made Alanis Morisette's 'You Oughtta Know' seem like a lullaby in comparison.

Fast-forward a decade and three albums later, and Bonham seems to have a completely different, almost folksy sound on Masts of Manhatta.

Gone are the 90s heavy rock guitar riffs. Instead, Bonham demonstrates an older, more sedated style that’s heavy on the guitar and violin arrangements. A lot of detail and attention have been invested in layering the album’s eleven tracks with clever arrangements and background vocals.

The Highlight of the album is 'Devil’s Got Your Boyfriend', a 1940s folk tune that uses gypsy fiddles, an echoing cello bass and catchy vocals to tell the story of a two-timer. 'Your Night is Wide Open' is a gentle melody with finger-style guitar and cello that help create a haunting, dream-like serenade abruptly interrupted by a drum interval. Bonham gets to show off her violin talents on 'Josephine,' while on 'You're My Isness', the strong bass riff and her vocals sound very similar to Shivaree’s 'Good Night Moon'.

'We Moved Our City To The Country' demonstrates Bonham’s skills as a witty lyricist, where she mocks city folk’s put-on airs and houses in the countryside.   Starting off with a simple guitar riff and soft beat, the contrast between city and countryside is clearly demonstrated midway, where the melody suddenly changes to a violin melody, only to shift into a slow melody accompanied by electric piano and haunting background vocals.

'Big Red Heart' builds up nicely with a catchy bass riff, hand claps and intelligent lyrics, while her vocals are somewhat reminiscent of a younger Sheryl Crowe or Meredith Brooks.

'When You Laugh The World Laughs With You,' is a tame and sweet love ballad that’s surely intended for singing a kid to sleep. It may have the same effect on its listeners; the melody’s too predictable, though it does have a good string arrangement.

'Reciprocal Feelings' is a weak track, where her rather annoying vocal melody is saved by a beautiful cello solo. 'In The Moonlight' boasts witty lyrics about growing up as a teenager and a similar style to 'Reciprocal Feelings' where she sing-speaks the lyrics in a rather monotonous voice interspersed by a high-pitched 'Ooh' in the chorus.

There's something very intelligent about Masts of Manhatta’s folk tunes; even if it takes a few listens to appreciate this album and Bonham's talents as a musician. However, if you don’t have the time and don’t like folk music; this album may fail to impress you.