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Originating at the turn of the 1980s as a leader of the lite-jazz movement, Everything but the Girl became an unlikely success story more than a decade later, emerging at the vanguard of the fusion between pop and electronica. Founded in 1982 by Hull University students Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt, the duo took their name from a sign placed in the window of a local furniture shop, which claimed ... Read more in Amazon's Everything But the Girl Store

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  • Audio CD (July 19, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: July 19, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IZ1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rollercoaster
2. Troubled Mind
3. I Don't Understand Anything
4. Walking To You
5. Get Me
6. Missing
7. Two Star
8. We Walk The Same Line
9. 25th December
10. Disenchanted

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Certified gold by the RIAA (3/96).

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Mired in an easy-listening rut since Baby, The Stars Shine Bright (1986), Everything But the Girl's return to self-production is a plus and might account for "Amplified Heart" being their most striking and listenable album in eons. --Jeff Bateman

Customer Reviews

The tunes have very simple melodies and structures, but are very powerful.
Hamilton
As it starts to wear off, you'll find that another song, probably one you were actually skipping, is perhaps the best song you've heard in a long time.
Kola Jenkins
Tracey's voice is wonderful, beautiful and controlled, her interpretation is unique and the lyrics are precious: deep, true, psychological, brilliant.
André Ming

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kola Jenkins on January 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you listen to Amplified Heart for the first time, you'll find that one song will strike very deeply, and resonate with you for days or weeks. It's the best song you've heard in a long time. You'll skip over songs to get to it. As it starts to wear off, you'll find that another song, probably one you were actually skipping, is perhaps the best song you've heard in a long time. This will continue until you realize that this is one of those albums where there's really not a bad moment. This turns out to be a great collection of very strong, simple songs.

The emotion runs deep and true through this album without getting overbearing. A lot of that has to do with the songs themselves, which are just simple and powerful. But it's even more to do with the spare but rich production. The vocals are pitch perfect, and the choice of instrumentation prevents any song from getting overdone. When not to play is often as important as when to play. This album is one where every note seems to have a place and a meaning. The overall mood is longing, but thoughtful, profound, and mature.

I started out on Rollercoaster, jumped to Get Me, then found We Walk the Same Line, drove around on Two Star for a couple weeks, realized I Don't Understand Anything and just started playing the whole thing. There are many essentials that I'll be returning to for a long time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Blane on June 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I must admit. After buying "Walking Wounded", the only reason I had really bought "Amplified Heart" was for "Missing" and the fact that it was in the used section. And then recently I put it on from the beginning listen to it, and was very pleased. This album is near perfection. While "Walking Wounded" focus on the electronic beats sometimes muddles the emotions and lovely Tracey Thorn's voice, "Amplified Heart" shimmers acousticly. While people on these reviews seem to hate one and love another, I respect both very much. But I must say, in the end Amplified Heart is a bit superior. It's becoming one of my favourite albums.
Ben Watt takes the leads on two of the best songS (Walking to You, 25th December) and Tracey mellowly brings us through the rest of the album. These are beautiful melodies people. If you're a music fan (like a crazed one haha), get this album! I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hamilton on December 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Like most people I only knew of Everything But The Girl because of the hit single "Missing." Having an extensive CD collection, this album ended up just sitting there for a long time. Recently I put the disc on and started listening to the album from the beginning all the way through. What a surprise! The tunes have very simple melodies and structures, but are very powerful. The mark of a great album is one that stirs your soul and Amplified Heart does that. Surprising is that even though "Missing" is a great song, the rest of the album is even better. The split vocal on "Walking To You" will evoke feeling of a past love and what might have been. "Get Me" and "Two Star" are just terrific. All the songs flow together to create an album with an atmosphere of lamentation, longing, and reflection. You won't be disappointed, the songs really grow on you the more you listen. This is definately one of the best undiscovered albums out there.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By mark twain on July 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having become enthralled with EBTG through Walking Wounded and Temperamental I was not at first able to get my head around their earlier albums. On first hearing, Amplified Heart was barely above elevator music to me. But I find that many tracks have grown on me dramatically, so that now I listen to the album non-stop. Tracey Thorne's voice is like a balm to my troubled nerves. I could listen to her sing the phone book. One of the tracks that has particularly grown on me is Your Troubled Mind, particularly the lyric, "When you're dooooown you bring me down too-oo; and that is somethi-in' I would not do-o. You say its hard I know its hard; that is somethi-in' I don't dis-re-ga-ard."
My advice is, buy the album. If you don't like it at first, force yourself to listen to it over and over and you will come crawling on you knees begging the album to forgive you for ever having doubted it.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John W. on March 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
You've listened to Eden, Idlewild and Love Not Money and written them off as being too folky. You've also heard Walking Wounded and Tempremental and discarded them being all beat and no soul. Now listen to Amplified Heart. Gotcha.
This is EBTG at their finest. One foot in their folk pop roots, the other creeping into the drum and bass genre they've recently lept into. At some points inherently acoustic, at others quite technical. It's a very distinctive sound which I've rarely heard anyone else pull with as much success. Sting and Gomez have come close but not close enough. Maybe it's because they lack the soft, delicacy of Tracy Thorn's voice. Her's is a voice perfectly suited to the melancholy love songs EBTG excel at and it's no surprise that this album is packed with them. Two Star is pain put to music, Disenchanted could drive you to suicide and as for Get Me and I Don't Understand Anything... Well they're not happy, but they are damn fine songs.
Thats not to say that EBTG aren't capable of joy. We Walk The Same Line is as upbeat as they've ever been and is quite jaunty in its own way. And then there's Missing. First off let me say that the acoustic version knocks Todd Terry's mix into a cocked hat but Terry's version acts as a nice counterpoint to the whole album. After so much acoustic work it's quite nice to hear them a little up tempo. It's also unfair to say that Terry pushed them into Walking Wounded as some claim. If you listen to tracks like Get Me and Troubled Mind you can hear a low key drum machine playing away, a sign of the way they were going even without Terry as a catalyst.
If they'd made another album like this instead of Wounded maybe EBTG would have conquered the world by now rather than having faded way like they did after Missing.
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