11 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A band whose American fortunes never quite matched the resiliency of their sterling reputation in their native UK, the duo of Hull classmates Tracey Thorn (vocals) and songwriting multi-instrumentalist Ben Watt launched their career in the early '80s as jazz-smitten revivalists who covered Cole Porter and the Jam alike. But they were also shrewd enough to move beyond the new wave's fickle sense of nostalgia into a series of rewarding reinventions. Taking a tip from a successful club remix of their song "Missing" and more than a little inspiration from their 1994 dalliance with Massive Attack on Inspiration, this 1996 album boldly recast EBTG as contemporary techno trip-hoppers and found the duo as adept with electro-groove on the title track, "Single" and "Before Today" as they'd been with jazzy cabaret. It's a cool, welcome dose of humanity in a genre too often lacking in it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A band whose American fortunes never quite matched the resiliency of their sterling reputation in their native UK, the duo of Hull classmates Tracey Thorn (vocals) and songwriting multi-instrumentalist Ben Watt launched their career in the early '80s as jazz-smitten revivalists who covered Cole Porter and the Jam alike. But they were also shrewd enough to move beyond the new wave's fickle sense of nostalgia into a series of rewarding reinventions. Taking a tip from a successful club remix of their song "Missing" and more than a little inspiration from their 1994 dalliance with Massive Attack on Inspiration, this 1996 album boldly recast EBTG as contemporary techno trip-hoppers and found the duo as adept with electro-groove on the title track, "Single" and "Before Today" as they'd been with jazzy cabaret. It's a cool, welcome dose of humanity in a genre too often lacking in it.

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