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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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  • Vinyl (6 Oct. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Demon Music Group
  • ASIN: B00CZ1WP46
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Trimalchio on 4 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Classy pop? No, something far more. Pop, no matter how classy, doesn't weather 20 years like this and still have the power to move. This album is one that I have listened to repeatedly over that whole time. At times, it has real touches of sublimity. There is real pain here, a longing for a better world that is always somewhere just beyond reach, a world from which we are barred by our neuroses and emotional attachments. And there are moments of redemption too, when it seems we can almost escape, listening to Caruso or hearing shouts from the playground.

Far from an Ikea exercise in pop style, this is a work of extraordinary beauty and maturity.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Douglas on 10 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this about 18 months after it came out but my copy does not have the Rod Stewart song. Actually it's a Danny Whitten song (of Crazy Horse and Neil Young fame) and I Love it.
Idlewild has a sense of maturity, which is stunning when you consider that EBTG were still spring chickens when they produced it. It has fine production values and really shows that they had been on a fast learning curve re sparse v full arrangements.
The songs touch you and are like small vignettes into possible lives. They have such conviction that they could be factual or just beautifully crafted short stories. For many years it was the only EBTG album I owned. I just could not imagine anything else they did could be this good. I was wrong, they have produced many fine albums and now I would be hard pressed to name a favourite. Over the years they have changed but managed to preserve that essential quality that makes them who they are.
A very special album by a very special group. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham Chapman on 25 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Well 5 stars for the original album...some lovely romantic songs - one of their best albums for my taste. How many times did I play Blue Moon Rose back in the 80s!

Extras..what can I say.. extras are nearly always disappointing. If you are a fan of the sound of a Casio then the 'home demo's' will delight. But I can't even listen once right the way through. The A-sides and B-sides section, however, is better - I like 'Living on Honeycomb' and 'Dyed in the Grain'. And again, some nice pics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. A. Hughes on 8 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I never tire of listening to this classic album. Every track is a gem. There is so much longing for a better world in these sogs and the mood draws you in to try and understand the viewpoint of the lyrics.This album is amongst my alltime top ten.I agree that you should never tamper with such afine piece of work as this,how can you improve upon perfection?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Infiniteloop on 5 April 2012
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Probably my favourite EBTG album. Tracey's voice is sublime and the mix of subject matter from 'Apron Strings' to 'The NIght I Heard Caruso Sing' stirs the emotions.
Perfect, classy, Intelligent, Timeless, Pop.
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This was an album that perhaps put them in the light with I don't want talk about it. The plus is well worth the money having so many b sides and tracks from the era as well as demos. Well its down to you many of us have the album already but with all the extras on the second disc its like having an album that just wasn't released. Ok most of these tracks are b sides but are good and reflect the era. If you are a fan go for it. If you don't have the album get the plus for a treat.
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