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Eden
Everything But the Girl
Eden
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Japanese reissue of the adult alternative/dance duo's 1984 debut album. Featuring a miniature LP sleeve reproduction of the original artwork. Unavailable in the US.

      
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All Artists: Everything But the Girl
Title: Eden
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warner Bros UK
Original Release Date: 1/1/2002
Re-Release Date: 5/31/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Dance Pop, Adult Contemporary
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 766487597029, 022924039522, 022924039522

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Japanese reissue of the adult alternative/dance duo's 1984 debut album. Featuring a miniature LP sleeve reproduction of the original artwork. Unavailable in the US.

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Sweet and sublime
Andrew M. Schirmer | Seattle, WA USA | 10/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 1996, Everything But The Girl made a brilliant transformation from tepid adult contemporary music to a delightful hybrid of pop and electronica. "Walking Wounded" secured a place in my heart with its breathtaking fusion of light jungle, house, and the plaintive lyrics of Tracy Thorn. 1999 brought "Temperamental," which continued the excursion into deeper (housier) waters. With nothing new from them in two years (albeit a pair of excellent mix albums--"Lazy Dog" is certainly worth mentioning), I decided to sample some of their pre-electronica work. Were my expectations met? With "Eden," they were surpassed. "Eden" is an easy-listening gem of album containing twelve songs dealing with various aspects of relationships. A light sun-kissed bossnova ties the whole thing together--and what a package! Tracy Thorn has never sounded so vulnerable. From the opening horns of "Each and Everyone" (sampled by Roni Size on "Destination") to the gorgeous "Even So" to Ben Watt's excellent vocal on "Soft Touch," there's really not a weak spot on the album. My only beef was the initial shock to the absence of vocal production or awareness; things didn't sound as full like they do on "Walking Wounded.""Eden" is a beautiful album, and if you've thought about checking out early EBTG, you won't be disappointed. Just don't expect a album of deep house music. :)"
Exceptional EBTG
Spumanti | Mountain View, CA United States | 01/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of my favorite EBTG albums. Oh how I long for the days of melancholy cool and jazzy EBTG music!! I wish they would make music like this again and drop the techno "stuff"!!"
Why, Oh Why Can't We Go Back To The Garden Of Eden?
Dr. Of Style | Saginaw, MI | 04/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Greetings!

I remember hearing this for the first time back in 1985, and I was blown away! The group was definitely different from what I was hearing at the time. It was a refreshing, jazz-influenced sound that had poetry and verve. I had the tape of this album, and I am glad I was able to replace it (it wore out) with a fine import CD.

The songs appear simple and unassuming, but they are wonderful and filled with beautiful poetry and very adept musicianship. This is truly music that will live on forever. Tracy's vocals are extremely beautiful and poignant. IMHO, she has a more pleasing voice and gets more out of a note than most any singer I have heard, and definitely more than ANY female vocalist I have been blessed or cursed to hear! Tracy and Ben have a perfect symbiosis, and this would continue on, until, that is, the arrival of the dreaded techno-pop-mix stuff, which, I really do not care for (it must have paid good money though!).

On Eden, even though I love the entire album, my favorite tracks are: EACH AND EVERY ONE, EVEN SO (with a nice Spanish tempo), and I MUST CONFESS. Brilliant!

All in all, this is perhaps EBTG's best album (in its entirety). The group continued to put out some fine recordings after this, but, when they started doing the techno stuff, they lost me.

Tracy has been blessed with an angelic voice. Ben is a fine musician and a very good writer. Now, if we could just get them back to doing what they did on this album, we'd have a heaven on earth!

Thanks for taking the time to read my review!

Rock On, Kids,
Dr. Of Style"