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'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 suited to the 'softly softly touch' of acoustic guitars and lush strings so why on earth would anyone choose to try and produce them for the dance floor?

What allows EBTG to get away with this excursion into the world of Electronica is however the very same reason they sold loads of records in the first place - great song writing. 'Walking Wounded' proves both how great material however you dress it up is great material and that genuine emotions in a vocalist will always find a way of bubbling to the top no matter what the backing.

Tracey Thorn may not have the greatest range as a vocalist but her ability to draw you into sadness and melancholy has always been second to none. 'Single' is the best example of this. Those uncertain, panic filled days that inevitably follow the end of a long term relationship and that horrid moment when you stare about the four walls of a one bedroom flat and realise that you are alone once more are perfectly captured here. 'Wrong' meanwhile is an offshoot of the duo's previous 'Missing' and hints again at the obsessive side of its creators personality.

Throughout this album the marriage between all of the musical and lyrical elements is balanced to perfection. The temptation to 'let rip' and just allow the beats to dominate is wisely resisted and so the emphasis remains on the duo's songs and Tracey's voice. For this reason, while both the remixes tagged on at the end are sympathetically done and a pleasant diversion for the clubs, they do nothing to add to this set as an album listen which is why I have docked this CD a point here.

Great albums never include remixes of previous tracks but the nine songs that precede those two remixes are probably worth 5 star status and as another reviewer on here stated 'Walking Wounded' does have a habit of casting an even more powerful spell over you the more times you listen to it...
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on 25 June 2004
this is an amazing album. its an all time great album that has aged well. check out track 8 - "Mirrorball" its the best song on the album. this is a must have record!!!!
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on 18 June 2004
Every song is an inspiration. The whole album bears playing over and over again, even after many years of listening.
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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.
The album is a perfect song cycle taking the listener from the forces which cause a relationship break up, through the liberation and remorse of separation and then through a series of steps to rationalisation, re-evaluation and the establishment of a different life.
I've listened to this record at so many stages in my life over the past 10 years and more, it's become a real guide to me and has assisted thinking through lots of problems.
The songs are very EBTG, in that they are beautifully constructed and lyrically are nigh on perfect. As I said at the start, the drum and bass may well age, the songs won't and perhaps could stand a re-make in the next five years or so!! Excellent.
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on 15 March 2013
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.
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on 17 February 2014
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.
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on 8 October 2015
The second cd with extended and dj/mixed-tracks makes this worth the very good price, cheaper than retail and a great listen.
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on 7 March 2015
enjoyed listening to this album, songs kept me interested, also love Tracey Thorn's voice. I am very pleased with this album.
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on 30 September 2013
This is a FANTASTIC ALBUM ! I LOVE IT ! some funky dance tracks along with some chill out tracks. cant stop listening to it.
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on 8 October 2015
Always a great album. Not sure it gains anything by being remastered. The remixes make it a worthwhile purchase.
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