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Tracey Thorn
‘Oh, The Divorces!’

As one half of Everything But The Girl, Tracey Thorn’s distinct vocal presence helped spawn some of the finest boy/girl harmonies of the ’80s and ’90s. Continuing the momentum of a long-forgotten solo career she resurrected in 2007 with the critically acclaimed Out Of The Woods, ‘Oh, The Divorces!’ acts as a teaser for her forthcoming release Love & Its Opposite (May 17). The horribly cutesy title may seem slightly too naïve for such a seasoned professional, and the subject matter itself comes off sounding a little smug given Thorn’s long-term romance with husband and Everything But The Girl collaborator Ben Watt, but the song is not without its merits. There is no questioning the beauty and simplicity of Thorn’s soothing voice, especially when accompanied by the contrast of gentle piano plinks and soaring string arrangements. But perhaps a quick call to the hubby to provide some sorely missed harmonies would have given a much needed prod to this inoffensive little number. MP3 after the jump.

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Tracey Thorn
Love & Its Opposite

[May 17; Strange Feeling]

This third solo album from Everything But The Girl frontwoman Tracey Thorn – the follow-up to 2007’s well-received Out Of The Woods – was first announced on Twitter last month. Produced by Ewan Pearson, Love & Its Opposite was recorded in Berlin and London with an impressive supporting cast that includes members of Hot Chip and The Invisible, Cortney Tidwell and Jens Lekman, who duets on a cover of Lee Hazlewood’s ‘Come On Home To Me’. The only other cover among the ten tracks is Tracey’s version of The Unbending Trees’ ‘You Are A Lover’.

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tracey thorn announces new solo album on twitter
January 21, 2010, 8:43 pm
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Tracey Thorn took fifteen years to make a follow-up to her 1982 solo album A Distant Shore, but fans will have only had to wait a mere three for her upcoming release, Love & Its Opposite, when it hits the shops mid-May. Announced earlier today on Twitter, the album was recorded in Berlin and London and produced by Ewan Pearson, who assisted on some of the songs from 2007’s Out Of The Woods; Tracey’s husband and Everything But The Girl bandmate Ben Watt will release the album in the UK through his own Strange Feeling imprint.

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