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The Language Of Life

Everything But the Girl Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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 (5 Feb 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B0000260RU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Driving
2. Get Back Together
3. Meet Me In The Morning
4. Me And Bobby D
5. The Language Of Life
6. Take Me
7. Imagine America
8. Letting Love Go
9. My Baby Don't Love Me
10. The Road

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By the time The Language of Life was released, Everything but the Girl had reached a point in their career where they could get accomplished jazz musicians Joe Sample, Michael Brecker and Stan Getz to play on their album and not have it perceived as an affectation: The duo had already made five albums that showcased Ben Watt's ability to write a classic melody and Tracey Thorn's silky vocals. In working with producer Tommy Lipuma, they made an album of superficially perfect love songs-- beautiful tunes all, but overproduced to the point where the feelings behind them are only rarely glimpsed. There are some great songs, though--"The Road", "Driving", "Me and Bobby D" and "Imagining America" are some of the best in EBTG's distinguished catalogue--and they manage to make Language a worthy album despite the shortcomings. --Randy Silver

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EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL The Language Of Life (1990 UK 10-track CD album the 5th longplayer from Tracey & Ben including the single Driving picture sleeve)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably their best album 8 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If what counts are the songs this is the best
album E.B.T.G. made so far.Two albums before the
huge success of"missing" and during the acoustic
period of the duo,Tommy LiPuma provided an impre-
ssive line up of musicians and a sophisticated,
but never overproduced, sound that respected and
served the songwriting style of E.B.T.G.
Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn provided a collection
of songs that makes it almost impossible to find
a weak moment.
I've enjoyed all their albums.This one is at
the top of the list!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classy Summer Listen 12 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt have been together as a duo fo a long time and are so good they refuse to be put into a category. The music world knows how good they are though and you will to once you listen to Tracey Thorn's lovely and silky vocals on the Ben Watt songs. Diana Krall's long time producer Tommy Lipuma gives this CD exactly the right feel.
Thorn and Watt took a vacation from England to sunny California and this CD has a light and sunny feel all the way through. Even the more serious "Meet Me in the Morning" and "The Language of Life", about a man without the words to communicate with his wife and children are given such a classy pop production it doesn't bog things down. This effort from Everything But the Girl is like a cool wet mist in your face on a hot drive along the coast with the top town.
This is pop music the way it is suppose to sound and one listen of this CD and you'll be looking on Amazon for more.Tracey Thorn has one of the most beautiful voices in the business and Watt writes some incredible songs with equally great arrangements. If your tired of the mundane and long for something in the light jazz and pop area then start with this CD. Good music is still being made and here is absolute proof!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how all re-releases should be done! 22 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Over recent years music fans have seen their favorite albums repackaged in so many formats that it gets confusing to keep up to date.In many cases these repackaged CDs don't really hit the spot of what the fan is actually wanting especially in most cases they will be bought by the hardcore fan and not the casual listener. The key reason for this is simply that the artist has not got involved and handed over control to the record company- what a mistake and fortunately EBTG did not allow this. This is a band that not only cares about how it's backlist is represented but most importantly the fan. I have been so satisfied with every release- so a huge thank you to Ben & Tracey for simply caring. Your backlist has been in my life for many years and it is a joy for me that these new editions add a new dimension to a really diverse and beautiful list. Lastly all the extras are truly appreciated! So if you are reading this do not hesitate in buying these releases while they are available!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love? 31 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
Not just the most underrated EBTG album, but an absolutely underrated classic by any standards. Beautiful, bitter-sweet (sorry) songs, great musicianship, swinging arrangements, Tracey Thorn in tremendous voice - what's not to love about this great album? I must have played it a thousand times, but it comes up fresh every time, and has never dated like some of the Girl's earlier (and even later) stuff. Beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Near-Perfect 24 April 2014
By Steve C
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Some people 'complain' it's over-produced; I like to think of it being superbly engineered and well-produced, delivering their songs and sound without no irritating 'it could've sounded so much better' moments.
Perfect, laid-back, Sunday morning neo-jazz ... sounding as good now as it did decades ago!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, A+ 26 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Really good to finally have this item, been waiting for it for a long time. Very glad to finally have it at last.
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