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Love & Its Opposite
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Vinyl, Import, May 18, 2010
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EU vinyl LP pressing. 2010 solo album from the Everything But The Girl vocalist. 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 unvarnished weight of complex relationships in flux.
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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. This simple yet powerful delivery slips off every word with precision and delicacy. The opening track `Oh, The Divorces' is another example of Tracey's using her emotional state to her advantage. The song just sifts through poignant feelings while drawing in the listener. `Kentish Town' has an almost angelic feeling to it, one that also carries an almost vintage feeling (like 90's folk/rock).
`Long White Dress' has a powerful message, but the song's construction is a deterrent. It drags along and wears out its welcome very soon. It just doesn't sit well on Tracey. `Come On Home To Me' is almost eerie with the duet with Jens Lekman. It seems a bit off when placed in the midst of the album itself, but it works to a degree. Still, it is not my favorite despite the apparent haunting quality of the piece.
Reviews I've read have singled out `Swimming' as a highlight, but I have to say that it just didn't do it for me. It reminded me of k.d. Lang-lite and it lost some appeal to me because of that. I much prefer the bonus track, `Child Star'.
With an album that runs the gamut of a relationship with tracks that evoke many emotions felt by many people, `Love and Its Opposite' is a very solid album that will only get better upon reflection.