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Like the Deserts Miss the Rain

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Straight from the source - Everything But The Girl picks their own favorite pop/electronica sides!

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Every now and then, a band releases a best-of album that makes the previously unimpressed see what they've been missing all along. On Like the Deserts Miss the Rain Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn of Everything but the Girl have created a personal blend of big hits, obscure b-sides, album tracks, and remixes that amounts to the best record of their 20-year career. We may know that they began as lefty student bossa nova interpreters, grabbed unlikely success as Sade-for-bedsits with 1984's "Each and Every One" single and 1988's Idlewild album, and went successfully house and drum & bass with "Missing" and Walking Wounded in the mid-1990s. What we perhaps missed is how subtly and powerfully they've developed their style, how even the most MOR moments have contained some kind of edge--a vocal yearning here, a rhythmic muscularity there. Thorn's lyrics are a particular revelation--defiant, angry, funny and true--and her moving expression of sisterly love on "Protection" sounds more at home here than on the Massive Attack album of the same name. In short, this is a deep and entertaining pop record that shows exactly why they've survived and thrived for so long. --Garry Mulholland

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
  2. Rollercoaster
  3. Corcovado
  4. Each And Every One
  5. Before Today (Chicane Remix)
  6. Mine
  7. Protection (feat. Tracey Thorn)
  8. Single (Photek Remix)
  9. Tracey In My Room (EBTG vs. Soul Vision) [Lazy Dog Bootleg Vocal Mix]
  10. Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix)
  11. Almost Blue
  12. No Difference
  13. Cross My Heart
  14. Mirrorball
  15. A Piece Of My Mind
  16. Walking Wounded

Disc: 2

  1. Gun Cupboard Love
  2. Alfie
  3. Take Me (Clifton Mix)
  4. Pigeons in the Attic Room


Product details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic Catalog Group
  • ASIN: B00008DCRE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,590 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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