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Even though Everything but the Girl spent most of their career making acoustic music, it came as no surprise that the club scene eventually adopted them. After all, Tracey Thorn has the type of voice that club DJs dream of: otherworldly but full of human desire, commanding but mysterious, erotic but elusive. She fused sadness and desire like no other singer of her era, and could therefore personify the bittersweet transcendence of club life. Adapt or Die: 10 Years of Remixes features reworking of several Everything but the Girl songs from the '90s, from around the time when Todd Terry’s landmark remix of “Missing” turned the shy husband-and-wife duo into international stars. On most of these tracks, the unstoppable, sometimes apocalyptic insistence of the beats takes precedence over Thorn’s vocals, which tend to float over the proceedings like a ghostly premonition. Her husband, Ben Watt, did a better job of making beats that fully merged with her voice. Still, these versions of “Mirrorball,” “Corvacado,” and “Blame” glorify the essence of Everything but the Girl, who always seem to want to go deeper into atmospheric melancholy.

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Everything but the Girl has yet to be given the recognition they deserve in the states.

It's The Songs

What seperates Everything But The Girl from everybody else in electronica is that Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn create songs, not just beats, and that's probably because the duo started out as a quasi-jazzy/folk duo with an emphasis on songwriting and Tracey's perfect, yes, perfect, vocal delivery. Ben Watt was busy perfecting the art of songwriting long before he got bit by the DJ bug, and that translated into 2 classic albums of electronica in Walking Wounded and Temperamental. Here we get remixes from EBTG's catalog of songs concentrating on those two albums. For having so many remixers involved, it's a fairly cohesive collection, owing mostly to the fact that the songs are timeless.

EBTG Rules!!!

Where was I when this was released??? What I love about EBTG is that they are timeless. You can't pigeon hole them into a decade. They take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Tracey Thorne's voice can be so seductive but yet so desperate at the same time and I think that we can all relate to those emotions at some point or another. It's great to be an adult.


Formed: 1982 in Hull, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Originating at the turn of the 1980s as a leader of the lite-jazz movement, Everything but the Girl became an unlikely success story more than a decade later, emerging at the vanguard of the fusion between pop and electronica. Founded in 1982 by Hull University students Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt, the duo took their name from a sign placed in the window of a local furniture shop, which claimed "for your bedroom needs, we sell everything but the girl." At the time of their formation, both vocalist...
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Adapt or Die - 10 Years of Remixes, Everything But the Girl
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Electronic, Dance
  • Released: Mar 15, 2005

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