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Temperamental CD

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  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin/EMI
  • ASIN: B00002MG0U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Temperamental is ample evidence of Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn's continuing evolution from an acoustic- guitar-based pair of comfortably suburban love griots to acoustically accomplished soundscape explorers who still have a weakness for a pleading melody. After Todd Terry's remix of "Missing" (from Amplified Heart) revitalised the duo, Watt took the opportunity to open their sound up to the clubs, all the while managing to retain the sense of warmth against which so much anonymously ironic dance music actively rebels. In doing so, Watt managed to create a bed of music that mirrors and complements Thorn's impossibly expressive, impossibly flat vocals. Though it carries EBTG's sound farther away from their deep roots, a good half of the songs on Temperamental still sound right at home next to their earlier acoustic work ("Hatfield 1980", "Low Tide of the Night" and "Lullaby of Clubland", which straddles the gap)--and those that don't, "Blame" and the instrumental "Compression" are more than enjoyable on their own terms. --Randy Silver

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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 the same song because I knew, or thought I knew, I wouldn't like any of their other songs on the original Amplified Heart album. I waited for "Walking Wounded" to be released as I had heard this was to be in the same style as Missing, and loved every minute of that CD - playing it over and over. There were no less than four hit singles taken from Walking Wounded, of which I enjoyed the Todd Terry remix of the adultery-themed "Wrong" the most.

After Walking Wounded everything seemed to go quiet on the EBTG front and I lost interest. I bought The Best of EBTG because it included Protection and Better Things - Tracey Thorn's collaboration with Massive Attack, and the Todd Terry remix of Driving. I didn't like any of the early songs on that album initially, but grew to enjoy their covers of Rod Stewart's I don't want to talk about it, Paul Simon's Only Living Boy in New York, and EBTG's own early song Each and Every One. The problem with this earlier material, for me, is lack of song hooks and sense of energy. This problem was completely resolved by their dance-orientated material, which also managed to remain lyrically consistent with their themes of romantic alienation, regret and loneliness - striking a chord with many of us.

I was surprised and delighted to discover this one later album by EBTG called Temperamental, as it had completed bypassed me at the time of release.
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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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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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