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Walking Wounded [CD]

Everything But the Girl Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024LJR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Before Today 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wrong 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Single 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Heart Remains A Child 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Walking Wounded 6:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Flipside 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Big Deal 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mirrorball 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Good Cop Bad Cop 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wrong (Todd Terry Remix) 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Walking Wounded (Omni Trio Remix) 6:43£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Purists on both sides scoffed, but EBTG's transition from bedsit folkies to club favourites was one of the artistic coups of its year. Ben Watt had admitted that their previous album in 1994, Amplified Heart, seemed lacklustre, the work of a band trapped by its format, and he sought an outlet for his burgeoning love of dance music. Encouraged by the chart success of Todd Terry's remix of that album's "Missing", and by partner Tracey Thorn's collaboration with Massive Attack, the pair took the plunge setting their melancholy vignettes of love-gone-wrong to discreet electronics, and recruiting an impressive roster of drum & bass producers (Omni Trio, Howie B, Spring Heel Jack) to assist with the update. The result was their most cohesive and satisfying collection since Idlewild, an extraordinary return to form that sounded nothing like their earlier work. Tracks like "Single" and "Big Deal" covered familiar lyrical terrain (loneliness, nostalgia, unrequited passion), but allied the material to a radically more contemporary sound. Yet, as ever, the real coup was not any piece of studio trickery, but Thorn's languid, sensuous vocals. Rarely has heartbreak seemed so enticing. --Andrew McGuire

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CD Virgin, cdv2803, Jewel Case 11 Track 1996

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Electronica 18 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
Launched into the spotlight with thier mammouth cross-over hit "Missing" (Thanks to a genius re-work by legendery Todd Terry), Everything But The Girl became somewhat reclusive with thier subsequent albums following "Amplified Heart". With this relase, one that didn't obtain nearly as much commercial success as it desserved, they bring perfection to thier previously often flawed 'Emotive Electro' style. As always, Tracey Thorn's vocals are perfect. At a time when gushing diva-esque vocalists with a range larger than Mariah Carey's were all the rage in dance music, Thorne's vocals provided (and still provide) a breath of fresh air. It's her stunning tone and the quality of her voice that is so outstanding rather than her range.
Aside from the vocals, production matches up and is brilliant throughout. The difficult task of bringing together the emotive lyrics and vocals provided by Thorn with the striking hooks and beats that make this an electro/drum and bass influenced recording has been completed successfuly. Everything just sounds fantastic and most tracks are both instantly distinctive and appealing. The two remixes that appear (courtesy of Omni Trio and Todd Terry) seem tacked on to beef up the tracklist but this can't really be said to flaw the album - there a nice little extra if nothing else. Overall, this is a much over-looked piece of Electronica history that anyone with even a slight liking/interest for the genre should adore.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drum and Bass for beginners 6 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Anyone who thinks Drum and Bass is just a lot of loud mindless noises strung one after the other should take a listen to this. What is so good about it is that the lyrics are up to EBTG's usual quality, and that there is a variety of rhythms used here, while still keeping it a bit techno. I love listening to this when I'm driving late at night, standout tracks for me are "Before Today", "Mirrorball", and "Good Cop, Bad Cop". Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only bettered by Temperamental 9 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
Definitely one of those 'soundtracks to life' albums (forget the hyped David Gray). Fantastically touching lyrics combined with a great, drum 'n' bass sound (less refined than Temperamental, the later album). Tracey Thorn's fabulous haunting voice carries emotion in an almost begrudging way. This album has a feeling of city life about it, a sort of urban feel. Enthralling, mourning and moving all at the same time.
Buy this and Temperamental to complete your record collection!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find Yourself With This CD! 13 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The tracks on this CD are some of the most atmospheric, haunting ever. Listen to the CD and hear all your life experiences put to superb melody and beats. Essential!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong 10 July 2013
By Rob
Format:Audio CD
Released after the success of the Todd Terry radical dance remix of EBTG's song "Missing", which had appeared in its original version on their (not so great) previous album "Amplied Heart", "Walking Wounded" was EBTG's first attempt to produce their own dance/electronica album; the second and last being the wonderful "Temperamental".

Without doubt this is a superb album, still really fresh sounding after all these years - marrying some of their best introspective-ballad-style lyrics and vocals with mostly dance rhythms. Its a juxtaposition which works 110%. I bought this album upon release and the songs still haunt me. Deserving special mention is the spacious atmosphere of the stunning title track, the electronica ballad "Single" with its desperately sad and sincere lyrics of rejection following a relationship break-up, the more traditional EBTG ballad-sound of "Mirrorball" which is probably their strongest harmony, and above all the adultery-regret-themed dance track "Wrong", poignant singing and lyrics over those pounding Todd Terry remixed beats and synth wall of sound - "I wanted everything for a little while/Why shouldn't I?/I wanted to know what he was like/Everywhere I go I will follow you/Because I was wrong".

Commercially the album did well, but not as well as it should have done. I think if they had tacked on the Todd Terry remix of "Missing" instead of the Walking Wounded remix, it would have been a different story.

A classic album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Electronica 6 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Some people only know EBTG for their mainly acoustic work and dismiss EBTG's so-called 'Drum & Bass' era.
I think this is short-sighted.
This is not so much 'Drum & Bass' as percussive electronica and as such provides a perfect foil to Tracey's wonderful, emotive and richly toned voice.
This music gives more on each listen.
Hypnotic, soulful, melodic and emotive.

Another EBGT classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drum & Bass Lite but no worse for it 22 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
I was always aware of Everything But The Girl but frankly found them a bit lightweight and never took much notice of them. That all changed with the electronica remix of 'Missing' (which really should be on this album but isn't).

This is a perfectly judged album which in my mind blended the (then) contemporary sound of drum & bass with pop melodies that lighten a dense, heavy genre into something accessable and enjoyable. Also, the lyrics are superbly observed and written - I urge you to listen to them closely.

Random thoughts:

* The feeling of space in the title track is amazing
* 'Mirrorball' is the perfect song to listen to whilst sipping a Pimms & lemonade in the garden on a sunny summer day
* The drum breaks on the fade out of 'Before Today' are superb
* 'Big Deal' is the perfect "Oh grow up" song from a cheesed off girlfriend to a pathetic boyfriend
* 'Single' has one of the most moving lyrics regarding a break up that I have ever heard. It sums up perfectly the "oh my, what have I done" feeling and I know that it has inspired at least one person I know to fix their relationship rather than walk out on it.
* 'Good Cop Bad Cop' - the drum beats from 2:30 onwards are awesome
* The two remixs on the end have no business being there and smack to me of filling up the play list. I never listen to them.

In summary this is honestly my favourite album of all time. Fact. Buy it.
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I was truly surprised when I listened to this album. It's definitely an album for people who have lusted or loved. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Erin Weatherley
4.0 out of 5 stars new sound but still good
This is one of the later cd's with beats and brakes. I had to get used to it but now that I am used to this sound I really like the cd.
Published 6 months ago by Peter heijliger
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware - 2013 vinyl is the 12" ep
Bought this Virgin 25 Ltd release thinking was the album but is actually 12" single - confusing as the mp3's provided on the Amazon cloud are for the entire LP album.... Read more
Published 9 months ago by P. Greene
This is a FANTASTIC ALBUM ! I LOVE IT ! some funky dance tracks along with some chill out tracks. cant stop listening to it.
Published 10 months ago by Scott Sabin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Brought it as i loved it back in the 90's. gave good recommendations too. I play it all the time.
Published 11 months ago by ls
5.0 out of 5 stars great CD
a fabulous CD timeless and never get tired of listening to it.buy it and Temperamental too especially love listening to it in the car on the way to work cheers me up.
Published 17 months ago by M. Beckley
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Drum, Bass And The Story Of Your Life'
'Walking Wounded' is the kind of album that shouldn't work for a number of reasons but does. Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt's songs of heartbreak, regret and insecurity always were... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by Antony May
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Seller
Item as described, was a good price and received quickly! Nothing more to say!
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by JN
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites
Still waiting to see how the drum and bass influenced production stands up to the musical judgement of time but as a record of pure song writing this is difficult to surpass. Read more
Published on 20 July 2005 by Christopher Hunter
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