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4.6 out of 5 stars
Love and its Opposite
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on 14 December 2014
Very Good.
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on 9 January 2013
Another classic album from Tracey Thorn capturing common life experiences at certain life stages as well as contemporary musical genres. Have given it as a gift to a number of friends, feeling the themes to have resonance...
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on 9 December 2014
On time as advertisied...you can't ask for more than that!
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on 16 October 2010
I've enjoyed the music of EBTG since Eden. This is a lovely album. The first two tracks are just beautiful - the lyrics, melody and Tracey Thorn's voice. You will not be disappointed.
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on 14 May 2015
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on 5 June 2010
Great to hear Tracey back in form-she is a precious joy in the stable of music acts in the UK. This album oozes with reflective comments on life and relationships. It is a CD that has been glued to my cd player and is getting alot of playing time. There are lots of highlghts but the soft and tender 'You are a Lover' is just simply beautiful. This is no risk purchase and one that you will be playing and enjoying for many years to come.
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on 16 May 2010
I had been a little worried that - after the electronic 'bedsit disco' brilliance of last album 'Out of the Woods' - the promised return to Tracey's acoustic roots might prove something of a letdown.

In reality, these tracks (concerned with growing older, reflecting on relationships) are delicate and touching. There have been a few sniffy reviews in the press which seem unable to believe that an adult woman should be writing about what it's like to be a mother, to see friend's relationships break up or to worry about their own future. Yet it's this specificity that makes the album so affecting; the details of other people's lives that say something about our own.

I particularly enjoyed 'Late in the afternoon', which contemplates the passing of time and wonders whether it's possible to keep a long term relationship fresh when there's little new to discover about each other. Alongside 'Long White Dress' and first single 'Oh! The Divorces' this is Tracey at her best: direct lyrics, haunting vocals and a sensitive acoustic production.

There are some faster and more production heavy tracks - 'Hormones' is a handclappy, amusing look at a mother/child realtionship whilst 'Singles Bar' is a brutally honest look at dating again after the end of a relationship. 'Swimming' is a brilliant track that builds and builds.

If you've loved Tracey Thorn's voice in the past, then you should enjoy this album immensely. I do miss the electronica but there's no doubt that these starker backdrops allow the lyrics to really stand out and also enable the vocals to sit right in front of the mix. It's a beautiful album that moved me in its honesty but also made me smile at its sharp observations.
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on 6 January 2016
Tracey Thorn has long been a musical companion to me over the years, often when I needed some relaxed quality tunes, vastly underrated in my opinion as an artist. The collaborative track 'Protection' being one of my all time favourite tunes but I've not purchased an album from her in a while and was so glad this was under the Christmas tree. The vocals on this are so personal, truly one lady whose vocals have improved with age, a vocal delivery unlike any other album I've listened to. Simply delightful recording and, if like me, you have lived a bit you will love this view into her thoughts with some lovely writing about very mundane but profound every day events that effect us all delivered, perfectly.
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on 24 June 2012
Tracey Thorn's third solo album "Love And Its Opposite" is quite a beautiful follow-up to the superb "Out Of The Woods" which was undoubtedly more rhythmic. Where this album may lack in tempo, it certainly componsates on lyrical meaning. Tracey's vocals are as strong as ever with their wonderful story telling qualities and soft tones.

The album opens with two heartfelt ballads, both different in styles but equally meaningful. The beautiful piano and string led "Oh, The Divorces!" tells the story of the torment that couples go through when they split up and how this ruptured relationship affects all of those around them. The gentle and soothing "Long White Dress" talks about the propect of marriage and the turmoil of indecision that this may bring. The tempo elevates with the infectious "Hormones", an uptempo yet suave pop song, which discusses moods swings caused by the chemical imbalances we all suffer at different points in our life. The other songs on this release are just as poignant and true to life. "Kentish Town" is a dreamy ballad which focuses on Tracey's childhood memories. "Why Does The Wind?" is another upbeat track with a strong 80's feel to it and a catchy rhythm. "You Are A Lover" is another magical and subtle Folk influenced ballad. "Singles Bar" has an addictive Blues inspired melody and "Come On Home To Me" has very plaintive and dark vocal harmonies and arrangements. "Late In The Afternoon" is a melodic mid-tempo track with a very nice choice in rhythym and guitar chords. "Swimming" ends the album on an atmospheric note with dreamy vocals and arrangements.

"Love And Its Opposite" is a very well crafted third album with some very inspiring lyrics and interesting choices in musical arrangements. This album is her most subtle to date, but the softer nature of her music does not compromise on its quality and draws on her abilities as an experienced and talented songwriter to create another beautiful collection of songs.
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on 9 August 2011
For Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn , middle-age is a time for first-class , bittersweet songwritting and mature reflections on relationships . Her newest offering is a collection of well-crafted moody ballads whose lyrics bite hard . " This One Is Different / And each one ofcourse is.. " she goes on the delicate break-up ballad " Oh The Divorces " while on " Singles Bar " she describes the horror of reentering the dating game after one too many years ( " Can you guess how long i've been here ? / Can you smell the fear ?.." ) , all sung with her sensitive , resilient voice . She's sounds darker on the haunting " Kentish Town " and " Come on Home " where she duets with swedish electro-pop prince Jens Lakemann . Although music promotion seems to be very low on the lady's list of priorities , ( no video was made for either of the two cd-singles of the album nor was a tour announced ) that should not stop you from rediscovering one of the stand out female presences of the pop scene today .
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