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Editors’ Notes

After Todd Terry’s muted techno remix of “Missing” became an expectedly massive worldwide hit for the Everything but the Girl, the duo had no choice but to explore elements of the club music trend that had virtually adopted them and figure out how to integrate it into their ascetic music. Thankfully, it had always been part of Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt’s mission to appropriate and subtly subvert pop music conventions. Thus, the electronic beats of Walking Wounded feel surprisingly natural. The group had long studied hypnotic forms of music (bossa nova, for example), but this album’s thumping beats (created entirely by Watt, who'd previously been known primarily for his acoustic guitar work) revitalized the duo. “Wrong,” “Flipside,” and “Before Today” have all the seductive mystery of Thorn and Watt’s early songs, but they're sharper and stronger than anything from the duo’s past. Thorn doesn’t just appear atop these beats as a disembodied voice; she leads them, taking charge with all the serene authority of an unearthly force. Dozens of groups jumped on the trip-hop and electronica trends of the mid-'90s, but no others invested the music with this kind of soul.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant

Achingly beautiful. Perhaps one of the best albums of the decade. Ben and Tracey were at their musical peak with this collection.

Their best album.

Temperamental was also very good, but this is sublime and satisfyingly cohesive as an album. To me, when you discuss Tracey Thorn & EBTG, there is pre WW and post WW. Everything post WW (Walking Wounded) has been solid. Pre WW was hit and miss.

AMAZING ALBUM!

Every track is a gem! Still one of my favorite albums.
Very Romantic album with an edge.

Biography

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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