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Eden Import

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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1984 debut disc by England's dance/pop pairing, Everything But the Girl (featuring Tracy Thorn and Ben Watt). Ithe album as a whole emotes a Bossa Nova / cool jazz vibe and includes 'Each & Every One', 'Dust Bowl', 'I Must Confess' and nine other cuts.

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Everything but the Girl hit the ground running with their first album, Eden; in some ways, they wouldn't equal the effort again for years. Though both Tracy Thorn and Ben Watt learned how to use their voices to better effect over the years, their vocal talents are evident here. Singing over a gentle, tropical-toned combo, Thorn sounds strong and free, and, when the occasion calls for it, vulnerable. Watt may be a little melodramatic on "Tender Blue," but the affecting "Soft Touch" more than makes up for it. Meanwhile, "Another Bridge" presages "Me and Bobby D" (from The Language of Life); "The Dustbowl" succinctly captures a post-breakup reflection with only a modicum of regret; "Frost and Fire" reaches out from daughter to mother; and "I Must Confess" neatly sambas its way out of a finished relationship. Mature, intelligent, and unflinchingly romantic, it ranks among EBTG's best work. --Randy Silver
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000005RM1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Andrew M. Schirmer on October 23, 2001
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In 1996, Everything But The Girl made a brilliant transformation from tepid adult contemporary music to a delightful hybrid of pop and electronica. "Walking Wounded" secured a place in my heart with its breathtaking fusion of light jungle, house, and the plaintive lyrics of Tracy Thorn. 1999 brought "Temperamental," which continued the excursion into deeper (housier) waters. With nothing new from them in two years (albeit a pair of excellent mix albums--"Lazy Dog" is certainly worth mentioning), I decided to sample some of their pre-electronica work. Were my expectations met? With "Eden," they were surpassed.
"Eden" is an easy-listening gem of album containing twelve songs dealing with various aspects of relationships. A light sun-kissed bossnova ties the whole thing together--and what a package! Tracy Thorn has never sounded so vulnerable. From the opening horns of "Each and Everyone" (sampled by Roni Size on "Destination") to the gorgeous "Even So" to Ben Watt's excellent vocal on "Soft Touch," there's really not a weak spot on the album. My only beef was the initial shock to the absence of vocal production or awareness; things didn't sound as full like they do on "Walking Wounded."
"Eden" is a beautiful album, and if you've thought about checking out early EBTG, you won't be disappointed. Just don't expect a album of deep house music. :)
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This disc is by far my favorite, and well worth the price. The songs lyrics are poignant, sweet, and some brutally honest. If you like that Bossanova jazz sound sung by a sweet, female voice, this is a great album. Perfect for those rainy northwest mornings with toast and tea, or background music for an evening of entertaining.
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Greetings!

I remember hearing this for the first time back in 1985, and I was blown away! The group was definitely different from what I was hearing at the time. It was a refreshing, jazz-influenced sound that had poetry and verve. I had the tape of this album, and I am glad I was able to replace it (it wore out) with a fine import CD.

The songs appear simple and unassuming, but they are wonderful and filled with beautiful poetry and very adept musicianship. This is truly music that will live on forever. Tracy's vocals are extremely beautiful and poignant. IMHO, she has a more pleasing voice and gets more out of a note than most any singer I have heard, and definitely more than ANY female vocalist I have been blessed or cursed to hear! Tracy and Ben have a perfect symbiosis, and this would continue on, until, that is, the arrival of the dreaded techno-pop-mix stuff, which, I really do not care for (it must have paid good money though!).

On Eden, even though I love the entire album, my favorite tracks are: EACH AND EVERY ONE, EVEN SO (with a nice Spanish tempo), and I MUST CONFESS. Brilliant!

All in all, this is perhaps EBTG's best album (in its entirety). The group continued to put out some fine recordings after this, but, when they started doing the techno stuff, they lost me.

Tracy has been blessed with an angelic voice. Ben is a fine musician and a very good writer. Now, if we could just get them back to doing what they did on this album, we'd have a heaven on earth!

Thanks for taking the time to read my review!

Rock On, Kids,

Dr. Of Style
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One of my favorite EBTG albums. Oh how I long for the days of melancholy cool and jazzy EBTG music!! I wish they would make music like this again and drop the techno "stuff"!!
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By A Customer on February 23, 1999
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The Seattle reviewer below has got the right mood. This has been played at our dinner parties for over 10 years and it is timeless great music that was so far ahead of its time it came out 8-10 years before the peak of the lounge revival. This is the best Everything But The Girl record, but it's so much more. Just get it - it will grow on you and stay with you forever. Also very catchy stuff!
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"...I used to think that you were all that kept me sane when all else failed/Now I think you were probably what drove me off the rails" Wow. EBTG are, as every other reviewer has pointed out, best known as techno/chillout artists...a shame. Although they make a decent fist of that style, they have done nothing to compare with their first album, Eden. The word bittersweet was made for Tracey Thorn here: punishing lyrics and a piercing vulnerability and delicacy of tone...add to this the bossa nova backbeats, gentle and subtle arrangements and a restrained exuberance from the musicians and you do, indeed, get Eden.

Best tracks? Well, they're all great, but I can't recommend "Even So", "Frost and Fire" and "The Spice of Life" enough. Brilliant.
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