In 1986, Everything but the Girl returned with a new single and lp. Gone were the jingle jangle songs of Love not Money and Tracey Thorn with big hair and Ben Watt in a big coat. In their place were a new haircut for Tracey Thorn (preceding Swing Out Sister by a few years) a suit for Ben Watt as well as a stab at a big budget country flavoured sound. I Remember the single "Come Home" got a lot of press at the time, got slated on "Round Table" and hardly troubled the counters at Gallup.
The lp "Baby the Stars Shine Bright" is a bit uneven and in places Mike Hedge's production sounds a bit tinny whereas it feels like they were after a big dramatic sound. However it does contain some great songs and Tracey Thorn's voice really suites that country pop sound.
I've posted 2 of the more obvious country tinged songs "Don't Let the Teardrops Rust your Shining Heart" and "A Country Mile". I've also posted 2 versions of the lead single, the first from the album and the second from a lp they released called "Acoustic"(does what it says on the tin) which shows just what a great song it is and cant help making me wish that Ben Watt hadn't discovered dance music and Tracey Thorn had never met Massive Attack
Come Home - Everything but The Girl
Come home (acoustic) - Everything But the Girl
Don't Let the Teardrops - Everything But the Girl
Country Mile - Everything But the Girl
Everyday's like Christmas day without you
It's cold and theres nothing to do
You can buy Baby the Stars here