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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.
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.Read more ›
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You must buy this a n d listen to it again a n d again a n d gift it to yer brother a n d yer sister a n d yer lover says no then that has to go. I am a fan....this is good. Dw.Published 12 months ago by DWFarmer
Fantastic. Realistic relationships set to music. If you're tired of all the pie-in-the-ski-I'm-only-half-a-person-without you crap on the radio and in much of popular music,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tim Melander
The magic was in Watt and Thorn and not as individuals. There is a lot of soul searching and life explaining in this collection, which for a EBTG fan, who is a guy, doesn't... Read morePublished on July 28, 2014 by Anthony C.
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 morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Tim Kimzey
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
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 morePublished on November 3, 2010 by Eric J. Anderson
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 morePublished on September 20, 2010 by J. Ang
If you are familiar with Everything But the Girl, then you may like this solo effort by the female half of that duo. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Bradley F. Smith