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Temperamental [CASSETTE] [Import]

Everything But the Girl Audio Cassette
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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 Cassette (28 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00001SIEA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

1. Five Fathoms
2. Low Tide of the Night
3. Blame
4. Hatfield 1980
5. Temperamental
6. Compression
7. Downhill Racer
8. Lullaby of Clubland
9. No Difference
10. Future of the Future (Stay Gold) - Deep Dish, Everything But the Girl

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New forms, old ethics 3 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
New readers start here: Temperamental continues the long, slow evolution of Everything But The Girl, a band who've never been shy of exploring different styles and trends: jazz-flecked Eden, agit-pop on Love Not Money, coffee bar music with Idlewild, even big band sounds and smoooth shiny, shrink wrapped soul on Baby, The Stars Shine Bright and The Language of Life. Course it helps that Ben Watt is as talented a composer and arranger as any in the business, and the cool and lovely voice of Tracey Thorn could be singing the ingredients list on a cereal packet and you'd still want to listen. But what makes them special is they're keen observers of the human condition from blissed out lovers to drugged out club hedonism to marriages fallen apart and the restricted lives people lead because of poverty and fear. Temperamental explores new forms in rhythym and dance yet remains true to their old ethos - quite an achievement.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of good tracks, but badly ordered 20 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
EBTG's 1999 studio album, Temperamental, is the most recent one they've released. They're currently on a break and it looks uncertain whether they'll return. So, 7 years later, how does the album sound?

"Five Fathoms" is a great opener. The melody is very catchy, Tracy Thorn's vocals as good as ever, and there's quite a range of instruments. The strings are particularly pleasing.

After a dancey start, "Low Tide of the Night" is more ambient. Thorn's vocals are really memorable. More strings, which add to the overall chilled feel, and there's a nice sax melody in there too. The track goes on a bit though, with little variation and mostly unexciting background melodies.

"Blame" ups the tempo considerably, with some very emotional melodies (particularly in Thorn's vocals, unsurprisingly). This has similarities with the title track from "Walking Wounded". Really, really good stuff here.

"Hatfield 1980" goes back to the ambient feel of the 2nd track. So far, the styles seem to alternate, which is rather confusing. The lyrics have a few similarities with "Lullaby of Clubland" (more on that later). It's an OK track, but not that exciting really.

Next up is "Temperamental", similar in style to "Five Fathoms" but in a minor key. The guitar riff is really catchy, and the vocals are great. Definitely one of the best tracks here.

"Compression" is the only track without lyrics, although there are still vocal effects. It's reasonably interesting, similar in style and tempo to "Blame", and there's a catchy bass riff. But at 7 minutes long with very little deviation from the main theme, it doesn't quite reach classic status.

"Downhill Racer" is another ambient track, but it's much better than the earlier tracks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect transition 14 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I had only realised a few months ago that this album actually existed. I had always assumed when five fathoms was released, no album followed, but an album did follow, and what an excellent album. I was expecting to like the album, from after hearing the great single five fathoms, and I was really impressed.

I thought Tracey's voice always suited next to dance music than EBTG's previous work, and an album like this proved my point. With their hit song missing, I thought they'd be back with more to follow. But instead, two great albums followed. The previous album walking wounded was almost like changing over from their old style to the new, and in this album, they get it spot on. As soon as I first heard low tide of the night on this album I got shivers down my back, I could tell I was in for a great album.

I had their best of album for years and must've listened to it about 200 times, and I had always especially loved the remixes of driving and missing. I had always craved for more, and this album was almost like the missing piece of my puzzle.

This album is filled with perfect house music and two very addictive drum and bass songs, blame and compression, with a booming bassline and beats to blow your mind. This album was the stepping stone for Ben Watt to lead him on to a future in dance music as lazy dog.

So, to summarise, even if you've only heard of their song missing, you should definitley get this album. I'd give almost every song on this album 10 out of 10. A very underrated album. What a pity it all had to end here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best 99 release 3 Dec 1999
Format:Audio CD
This CD is awesome. The music style is a real advancement since Walking wounded, it is WARMER, there is more deep house in it, there are some more "good dance clubs" oriented tracks here. Ben has learnt so much from drum and bass, house music experts, the music production is just perfect but warmer than in their previous release. The lyrics are also most about nightclubbing, but the view is so romantic¡¡¡ If you do not know nightclub culture you will not enjoy the lyrics I guess, I think they are very subtly crafted touching such themes like drugs, sex, nightclub solitude, individualism... I am amazed at such powerful lyrics such: "If I'm going home, I'd better change my clothes" "And it's so <<bright>> tonight, do you see those cars? Those signs?" Can you guess what brightness is she singing about? "I've got no coat. Are you on your own? When are you going home? Get into me" "When you're down and troubled you don't tell your friends, you don't tell your family, won't let them talk about me. I'm gonna let nobody down, down, down" or Five fathoms lyric: "I'll take you home, I'll make it easy. Love more. Love more." I'm sure she's meaning having sex when taking you home, but it's so subtle, it's expressing at the same time the difficulty of relationaships when going out at night. Tracy's tremendous, she's completely renewed in Temperamental track while remaining romantic, and serene in most of the other tracks. I really think this is a marvellous CD, a real 1999 music CD unlike most of the CDs populating the charts. It should appeal to nightclubbers, specially those in the gay scene (gays or heterosexual people) who tend to listen to more good club music and have already an insight about what she's singing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the way the tracks are mixed on this
Love the way the tracks are mixed on this, great to listen to in the car on a sunny day.
Published 2 months ago by Deborah Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD
Timeless and classic transports me back to my youth haunting vocals and stonking beats !!! brought it along with Walking wounded CD especially like five fathoms , low tide of the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Beckley
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want an objective review then read no further!
I could happily listen to Tracey Thorn sing my shopping list all day, so this review was always going to be rather biased, but let me try and explain/justify that. Read more
Published 22 months ago by BrynG
5.0 out of 5 stars Temperamental
I only became a EBTG fan after the release of the Todd Terry re-mix of their fabulous song Missing, which I bought as a CD single version - containing several different versions of... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Good (As always)
So here marks the last album to date by Everything But The Girl, and as expected the quality of their turnout is nothing but genius. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by anwarinc
5.0 out of 5 stars EBTG: Temperamental
A classic of a band that deliverd more than just the Missing remix dance classic. This record does not contain a big hit, but it is full of good tracks creating a very fine album. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by Tuukka Luukas
3.0 out of 5 stars Fifty fifty
Some good songs and some not necessary. The best of this record is Tracy's voice, as usual.
Published on 4 Mar 2009 by Ilovemusic
4.0 out of 5 stars habit-forming
I have to 'fess up from the outset to hating almost everything about clubs. Avoiding the drunks and drugheads. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Walking Wounded revisted
If you liked there more up beat drum and bass stuff then this is a must have. Give it time and you'll grow to love it
Published on 22 Dec 1999
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