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Love & Its Opposite

Tracey ThornAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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After pausing an 18-year career with partner Ben Watt in best-selling alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl (1982–2000), followed by a self-imposed hiatus to start a family, Tracey Thorn re-emerged in 2007 to a wave of critical acclaim with the glittering autobiographical folk-disco of Out of the Woods, her first solo album since 1982’s indie classic A Distant Shore. Now she is back ... Read more in Amazon's Tracey Thorn Store

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  • Audio CD (May 18, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B003E1QCEK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oh, The Divorces!
2. Long White Dress
3. Hormones
4. Kentish Town
5. Why Does The Wind?
6. You Are A Lover
7. Singles Bar
8. Come On Home To Me
9. Late In The Afternoon
10. Swimming

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Partnering again with Berlin-based producer Ewan Pearson, Tracey Thorn has created an album that is striking in its simplicity. Recorded in Berlin and London, Love And Its Opposite features contributions from Hot Chip's Al Doyle, The Invisible's Leo Taylor, Jens Lekman, Nashville songwriter-drummer Cortney Tidwell, and Lost Valentinos' guitarist Jono Ma. The tight, often undecorated arrangements for guitar, piano, bass, and drums (and a smattering of strings and woodwinds) confront the full uunvarnished weight of complex relationships in flux.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly engulfs you! May 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Everything But The Girl vocalist Tracey Thorn is back with her third solo album "Love and its opposite", based she says on real life after the age of 40; Moribund relationships, divorce, getting back on the dating scene, etc. There are no electronic Dance songs like "Grand canyon" "Falling off a log", or "It's all true" this time around which I missed at first, but the songs here are very strong, warm and intimate.

Opening is the gentle piano/string ballad "Oh, the divorces!", followed by the acoustic ballad "Long white dress" with percussion building in halfway through.

"Hormones" is sunny Pop/Rock with a light Country feel, followed by the brilliant haunting ballad "Kentish town" with lovely harmonies. "Why does the wind?" is beautiful Pop/Soul, the type George Michael used to make effortlessly in the eighties. E.g. "Hand to mouth".

The tender unadorned "You are a lover" is a cover of a song by The Unbending Trees. "Singles bar" is midtempo and Country-tinged. The surreal "Come on home to me" is a cover of a song by Lee Hazlewood and features additional vocals by Jens Lekman as well as ghostly effects.

"Late in the afternoon" is the grooviest song here with gentle electronic beats, though still morose sounding, and closing is the swirling and shimmery ballad "Swimming". It's like swimming in a sea of voices and cymbals. Beautiful!

At just 10 songs, it's all over too soon.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly honest and beautiful. May 18, 2010
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This is the third solo effort from the semi-retired Everything But the Girl star, now 47, on her husband Ben Watt's label.
It's a "concept album about break-up and divorce", so it is easy to understand why you do not need "dancing shoes for this heartbreaking collection of songs about how it can all go horribly wrong in middle age, whether it's because your old man is having a mid-life crisis or the kids are driving you round the bend". - Simon Cage
If Tracey's last solo album, 2007's "Out of the Woods", saw her stepping out on the dancefloor, its follow-up finds her nestled on the sofa, watching daytime soap operas and devouring fluffy, trashy, formulaic books for women.
Her lyrics leave no romantic cliché unexplored, travelling from commitment issues "(Long White Dress") to marital breakdown ("Oh! the Divorces"), via the tragedy of dating again ("Singles Bar"), the horror of realising that your teenager wears your frocks better than you do ("Hormones"), and the recurring stagnation of long-term relationships ("Swimming").
"The music, too, is the stuff of romantic comedy soundtracks: acoustic in mood, gently pulsing, shot with silvery strings, occasionally stumbling into schmaltz". - Maddy Costa
It's a grown-up record that is never boring. It's a collection of songs that are happy and sad, easy and difficult, dark and light.
Wry, clever, emotionally focused songs dissect the battlegrounds of middle age, from parenthood to divorce. With minimal electronica and stripped-back organic arrangements, Tracey's rich, smooth and crystalline voice is a perfect, poised focal point, bringing each story to genuine life and investing it with heart-snagging emotion.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL TRACEY May 21, 2010
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WOW!! As a long time and very devoted fan of EBTG, I have really missed the sound of their voices and their music. This really hits the spot, and it's about time. I wish that the two of them would do another album, but this is just as good. What a BEAUTIFUL album and that voice, OMG! she just gets better and better as time goes on. Oh, The Divorces is the perfect opener to a perfect collection of music. If you are a big fan of the early EBTG, you will love this CD. This has a great mix of music for everyones taste. A few up-tempo numbers to show that she still has her groove- on and her ballads are true "Tracey Thorn". Come on Home to Me is haunting and beautifully sung, great duet with Jens Lekman. Swimming (reminds me of Driving, must be something about those"-ing" songs) and Why Does The Wind have HIT TRACKS written all over them. I couldn't be happier and more pleased than I am with this new release, I just hope they don't wait so long for the next one. LONG LIVE TRACEY THORN AND EBTG!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soft as a whisper... August 11, 2010
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Coming from a very personal place, `Love and Its Opposite' has a lot of heart (and pain) and that makes it accessible. I love this breed of folk/pop music. I've never really gotten into Everything But The Girl, and I actually hadn't heard of Tracey Thorn until I saw this album and decided to check it out. Overall, I'm glad that I did. Despite the obvious passion in play here, there are moments where the album fails to make the impact that I think it was shooting for. Like I said in my review title, this album is soft as a whisper. That's works for some tracks but also deters others from their intended effect. That's my only complaint.


For me, the best tracks on the album are the ones with a little spunk. That's odd coming from me since I'm usually all about the dark, subtle and ominous tracks; but there is something about the way that Tracey tackles near disco pop quality of tracks like `Why Does The Wind' that makes me do a double take. In fact, `Why Does The Wind' is most certainly my favorite track on the album. I also love the bouncy rhythms of `Hormones'. The song just makes me want to move. It has such a friendly atmosphere about it. In fact, there is almost a `kid's song' vibe to it that is amusing. The 90's pop balladry that caresses `Late in the Afternoon' is just fabulous. I really love the whole feel of this song. It has some seriously deep lyrics, which rest easily against a seemingly nostalgic musical arrangement (simple yet reflective).

There is a slight upbeat quality to `Singles Bar' (a song which is supposed to be amusing I'm sure), but it also feels a tad awkward and uneventful at the same time.

Songs like `You Are a Lover' really tap into the emotional side of Thorn's album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love in the middle ages . . .
Everything But the Girl's girl's latest solo bravely ventures into territory assiduously avoided in our youth-obsessed culture: love in the middle ages. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John W. Dunner
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and beautiful
As a fan of EBTG since the 1980's, ive listened to their organic transformation of sound along the way. But even though the musical textures have changed, the heart never has. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tim Kimzey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2010
For Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn , middle-age is a time for first-class , bittersweet songwritting and mature reflections on relationships . Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by giovanni
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You for a great album
I was just browsing amazon for new well crafted music and came across this album.Listened to the samples and bought it right away. I also bought the EP which is excellent too.
Published on November 6, 2010 by C. Latona
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for a solid but not stellar solo effort
There's no getting around it. Most of those who will be curious about this album miss the full-fledged Ben& Tracey team of Everything But The Girl. Read more
Published on November 3, 2010 by Eric J. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Middle Age Never Sounded So Good
It's always quite a treacherous task writing a review about a favourite artist's work. Your opinions are always in danger of being overly glowing or bitterly punitive, depending... Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by J. Ang
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but high quality
If you are familiar with Everything But the Girl, then you may like this solo effort by the female half of that duo. Read more
Published on August 19, 2010 by Bradley F. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Fashion Tracey Thorn
This album harkens back to the early days of EBTG. Soft, gentle and easy listening. Not dance music with a bass thump. Have not listened to the Berlin mixes yet.
Published on August 2, 2010 by Nicholas C. Apostol
5.0 out of 5 stars EBTG is back with only the girl
I am a huge fan of theme oriented albums, so this is a pleasant surprise for me. This is a very solid solo album from Tracey, which could easily have been an EBTG album. Read more
Published on July 23, 2010 by javajeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
The previous reviews are all spot on, so I have little to add except to agree. However, for those that have been patiently waiting for a new release from "A Girl Called Eddy", this... Read more
Published on July 21, 2010 by Ricky Gomez
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