Love and Its Opposite

by Lisa Kirchner

Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn is back, with her third solo release, Love And Its Opposite. As with her work in EBTG, Thorn successfully keeps the balance between acoustic-based tunes and alt-pop/electronic ones.

The opener, “Oh, the Divorces!” is on the singer/songwriter tip and continues Thorns usual stories of love, relationships, and domestic bliss gone awry. The beats kick in on “Hormones” and “Why Does the Wind?” with some help from Hot Chips Al Doyle. Slower numbers like “You Are a Lover” and “Singles Bar” showcase Thorn’s effortlessly cool alto vocals and lyrical wit, like when she sings, Is there any more room at the singles bar? If she continues making great records like this one, there’ll always be room for Tracey Thorn.

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