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absolutely worth the wait,
This review is from: Out Of The Woods (Audio CD)
The much anticipated Out Of The Woods is a quiet celebration of discovery- of who we were, who we are now and the people that matter. Tracey has approached each song on here, her second solo album, with the same degree of honesty and depth of feeling that she has brought consistently to her songwriting since 1984, first in a solo A Distant Shore then together with partner Ben Watt as Everything But The Girl and 9 studio albums, the last one, Temperamental, released in 1999.
All these songs are like tiny perfect gems that sparkle on the outside with musical jingle-jangles and tricks but if you look deep you'll find hidden shadows. This is an album you can play all day and still rediscover different musical moods and moments on each relisten.
Reaching soaring heights musically and vocally the opening track 'Here It Comes Again' is treated with a delicate openess that throws all attention on that gorgeous voice and lyrics. It makes an interesting opener and sets the mood for the musical contrasts that power through this album. Different producers and different musical visions for each track and tying it all together is that voice.
Highlights include a Tom Gandey treated 'A-Z'- a smouldering packing a bag/leaving home song about escaping small-time town hell and 'It's All True' a non-apologetic love-song that powers along with a welcome return to a dance beat and a chorus that will be stuck in your head for days. Then there's Ewan Pearson's beautiful re-working of the Pet Shop Boy's Kings Cross- one of 2 well-chosen covers.
Listen to Martin Wheeler's production on 'Easy' for pure moody perfection and for anyone wanting to relive the 90's club heights of 'Missing' there's the Charles Webster mix of 'Grand Canyon'- wait for the re-mixes. 'Raise The Roof' is a slow-working shimmery favourite that revisits the lament of regret in 'Missing' - 'Why did I wait? Don't tell me it's too late'.
This is definitely worth the wait for any long-time fan of ebtg and Tracey Thorn but if not a fan then you may just be surprised and just moved a little...