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Everything but the Girl’s second album occupies a unique territory, somewhere between the shimmering melancholia of The Smiths and the chic Brazilian-tinged jazz of Sade (whose collaborator and producer, Robin Millar, oversaw Love Not Money). Between the overcast Ronettes drumbeat of “Heaven Help Me,” the jingly rockabilly of “Anytown,” and the shiny Motown pop of “When All’s Well,” this sophomore effort comes off as a springier, more strident affair than its hushed predecessor, 1984’s gorgeous Eden. EBTG couldn't match Morrissey for star power or flamboyant wit, but they could certainly compete with The Smiths when it came to writing pop songs as lean as they were pretty. “Ballad of the Times,” “Trouble and Strife,” and “Are You Trying to Be Funny?” sound like Byrds melodies recast under grey British skies. Most of the album is spry and danceable, but its centerpiece is the drumless “Kid”: a sublime interpretation of the Chrissie Hynde song. In the hands of The Pretenders it was a mother’s bittersweet confession; Tracey Thorn turns it into a swelling farewell to a former self.

Customer Reviews

Love Not Money Everything But The Girl 1985

One of the best releases of the mid-eighties, by a super group !

Love this album

So glad I found this on here! Played it A LOT in college. Eventually the cassette (!!) wore out. Just a great piece of work. Listen to the whole thing.


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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