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Amplified Heart + Extra Track [CD]

Everything But the Girl Audio CD
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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Everything But the Girl Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Oct 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000025544
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rollercoaster
2. Troubled Mind
3. I Don't Understand Anything
4. Walking To You
5. Get Me
6. Missing
7. Two Star
8. We Walk The Same Line
9. 25th December
10. Disenchanted
11. Missing

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Amplified Heart marked a number of changes in Everything but the Girl's career, the most obvious of which was their sudden popularity when a Todd Terry remix of "Missing" became a dance-floor hit. But before the album was even recorded, Ben Watt--who with Tracy Thorn is EBTG--was hospitalized for a life-threatening intestinal disorder (see his book, Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness, for a full account). His recovery invigorates Amplified Heart, making the love songs that much more passionate, the relationship songs that much more tender, and "25th December"--the one song in which Watt sings lead--that much more heartbreaking. Thorn's captivating vocals are the focus on the rest of the album, and she's as smooth as ever; combined with the focus that she and Watt share here, it makes for EBTG's best album. --Randy Silver

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Late Night Reflections 15 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the third Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn (Everything but the Girl) CD I have reviewed. It is quieter, more reflective, and so personal it's as if we are listening in on conversations between these two gifted artists. I find myself popping this one in late at night a lot.
Every fan of this eclectic British duo were happy to receive another EBTG album as Ben Watt had spent months in the hospital, a rare intestinal disorder ravaging his body and nearly killing him. His final recovery left Ben a shell of his former self, with a continuing life long battle to maintain his weight and health, only three feet of intestine left. It is little wonder that this is a quiet and reflective effort.
Every song is something special on this one. From the opening song "Rollercoaster" to the short and poignant "Disenchanted" there is just one elegantly produced and intellectually engaging pop song after another. When the lusciously smooth vocals of Tracey Thorn are added to the mix what you have is magic. The only way I can think of to describe her vocals is maybe if you took Annie Lennox's wonderful voice, took the edge off, and replaced it with a smoother tone.....?
"Two Star" and "I Don't Understand Anything" are particular highlights in a CD full of them. Oddly enough, "Missing," the dance floor sensation which finally got them noticed in America, is the only song out of place here. But it's a great song to listen to so just enjoy it as well. If you pick this up and just listen to the first three cuts, you'll be hooked.
Want to listen in to Tracey Thorn talking to Ben Watt in a sweetly arranged song? Here are some words to 'Disenchanted':
"Look at you now, your disenchanted, can't believe how things can change. How much can you withstand?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bedsit music has never sounded so good!!! 19 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you're a fan of 'bedsit' music then you can do no better than Everything But The Girl to give you a taste of life in the not so fast lane. Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn's world is one of loneliness, misunderstanding, confusion, emotional turmoil, and insecurity. This is probably why they have built up such a loyal fan base. They manage to connect with so many people by tackling taboo subjects such as these and the ultimate fragility of the human heart. They're sensitive souls, these two.
They are also incredibly talented, in a refreshing and delightfully understated way. 'Amplified Heart' just served to reinforce this view, which is one that I have held of them for years. Tracey Thorn has got a lovely voice, there's no other way to describe it, and she sings in such a soulful and emotional way, it is hard not to get totally absorbed in the songs she sings here. The opening track 'Rollercoaster' illustrates the world I have described previously and sets the standard for the rest of the recording. 'I still haven't got over it even now, I want to spend huge amounts of time on my own', is the opening line, and then later on she sings, 'I want to spend huge amounts of time in my room'. Everything But The Girl are the only band in history who can make wallowing in self pity sound simply wonderful. You get more of the same on the next track, 'Troubled Mind', which is a slightly faster pace than the preceeding track. The best thing about EBTG is that they make such great use of instrumentation to convey feeling. The instrumental breaks on 'Rollercoaster' sound like whining, but Tracey Thorn can get away with whining. Not many people can.
On the next track, 'I Don't Understand Anything', she is really crying out to be understood. Help her Ben, help her!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite EBTG album (today...) 22 Jan 2011
By M. Saxby VINE VOICE
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This is stripped back, relaxed album from EBTG on the whole.

Mostly guitar and drums gently providing a backdrop for, mostly, Tracey's lovely voice (although Ben gets in on the act now and then).

Less self indulgent and more commercial than Eden, it's still a million miles away from their later dance oriented stuff (which I also like).

As always some of the lyrics cut like a knife and Tracey Thorn's delivery adds to their poigniancy.

I'm on a bit of an EBTG rediscovery at the moment and this is my favourite album at the moment.

Shockingly I'd never heard the album version of Missing before (always the Todd Terry remix - which is here too as a bonus track) and it's like rediscovering a lost love is even more beautiful and warm than you remember.

Best couple of quid I've spent in a long, long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure class 7 Oct 2010
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Originally had this album on vinyl years ago and it still sounds as good as it did way back then.Tracey Thorn has a superb voice and everything she sings has pure raw emotion in it.
EBTG were and are a top class duo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great update 16 May 2014
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An old favorite made even better with bonus material, really adds to the enjoyment and helps you understand how they develop their albums
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best EBTG album........... 10 Mar 2014
By Wayne
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Amplified Heart is the best EBTG album of all....There's more to be discovered than MISSING here. I have the original release but i decided to get this 2CD expanded edition. Love those Demos & Live tracks so much. Tracey & Ben are so talented! Love their voices :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Version Delight 11 Jan 2014
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You know the album, so just to say that in this particular case it is definitely worth the 'upgrade' to the deluxe version. The extra songs and versions are excellent. Particularly like the songs ' Richard Says' (who is this Richard? Same guy in Last Time I Saw Richard?) and Back at Square One. Nice Home Demo of Troubled Mind. If you like Tracey's voice - and don't we all - the Home Demo's are always worth hearing to catch that soulful singing in an earlier, more raw form. And some great live versions here too. Great album, super extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential EBTG
Another great reissue of EBTG, includes home demos , live recording and bsides - also remixes of the classic Missing
Published 7 months ago by Mark Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime
one more gem from the band that never made a bad record
the reissue is like a box of candy
Published 7 months ago by E. Novo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best reissue ever
Most reissues put a bunch of crap that should have never seen the light of day onto an old cd and call it a deluxe cd. This is an exception. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Matysik
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime already, now enhanced.
This is a review of the Nov 2013 "deluxe" re-release of Amplified Heart with the additional CD, gatefold packaging and notes. Let me start by saying I'm a long time fan. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gordon Modyor
5.0 out of 5 stars Music with a heart that beats and a soul that lives
As a first hour EBTG fan , i have everything they released so far : The regular albums , the vinyl , the CD Singles , the US releases , the japanese ones and every compilation... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nassim El Andalouss
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how all re-releases should be done!
Over recent years music fans have seen their favorite albums repackaged in so many formats that it gets confusing to keep up to date. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. MOORE
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but predictable
EBTG makes relaxing music which always balances on the verge of becoming predictable and even dull. They just stayed on the right side here but they made better records
Published 19 months ago by Frank Hendriks
5.0 out of 5 stars De lo mejor de EBTG
Ademas de que soy un fan de EBTG, este disco me gustar en particular.
En este disco creo que alcansan la madurez de su sonido, y es para mi su mejor trabajo. Read more
Published on 19 July 2011 by Fabio Federico Perez Maro
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