Thursday, 24 June 2010
Feeling Grown Up - Tracey Thorn
For those of you that have kind of missed the downbeat acoustic music of Everything but the Girl when they discovered dance music, then you should really rush out and get Tracey Thorn's new solo lp "Love and Its Opposite". This really is an adult orientated lp and I don't mean in the sense of mainstream american rock, but in the themes that it addresses.
It looks at all the traumas and worries that middle age brings, from dealing with a hormonal teenager, to watching friends marriages disintegrate around you. The music is subtle without ever falling into the dreaded dinner party backing trackswith acoustic and electronic backing blending so well. The lp contains 2 covers , one fits perfectly to the extent that I had to check the credits as the lyrics are so in line with what Tracey Thorn writes on the rest of the lp. Only a cover of Lee Hazelwood's "Come on Home to Me" grates a bit but mainly because it feels like it has come from another lp
She shows again that she has one of the best female voices in music and is one of this county's undervalued songwriters with lyrics that show humour, nostalgia and regret.
If you go to her website here you can download 2 tracks from the lp including the best one "Oh Divorces". In fact the website is well worth a visit as it is jam packed with stuff including a monthly spotify mix tape that she pulls together.
The honeymoon, the wedding ring
The afternoon handovers by the swings
You can buy Love and Its Opposite here and this hmv version has a bonus disc of demos on it