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What a Shame
on 17 May 2010
I have been a Tracey Thorn and EBTG ever since hearing her on the Style Council's "Cafe Bleu" LP, great! Saw her play during the "Eden" tour in Cheltenham. Loved "Eden", got really excited by a copy of "Night and Day" I found in a record store in Soho in '83ish.
Things just got better, loved the "Idlewild" tour, saw it at the Albert Hall! What a mindblast! Some great stuff followed, particularly "Walking Wounded". Then, out of the blue, "Out of the Woods", a joy. It was like we'd all grown up together and this was our soundtrack.
So, you get the picture, I was very excited about this new album. Sadly, I find it disappointing.
Let's start with the sleeve, I don't believe that I've seen a more depressing cd cover. The only question is why? Well, I guess it's to support the first track "Oh the Divorces". I really can't imagine sitting with some friends and enjoying this with a glass of wine - it's uncomfortable listening.
The album continues in this style, and aside from some highs, there are some obvious lows too (Hormones). Besides I never really got over the beginning. In some ways it reminds me of John Lennon's "Plastic Ono Band". But that isn't necessarily a good thing. As one friend said "It's a bit like going through John's dustbin". Too personal and too self indulgent.
I give this album 3 because it is Tracey and her voice makes anything sound beautiful. Also because she is a gifted writer who can beautifully craft a song, even the awful ones on this album. However, I'm not sure I want to hear it again.
I don't like criticizing art, but if you are out there reading this review, this is just the opinion of one long time fan.
Come on Tracey. It's a lovely day and the sun is shining!