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Idlewild

Everything But The Girl

1988

Idlewild

Album Summary

Idlewild is the fourth studio album by British musical duo Everything but the Girl. It was released on 29 February 1988 by Blanco y Negro Records and Sire Records. The album was reissued in 2012 as a remastered two-disc deluxe set by Edsel Records.

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Rating

2.64

Votes

4480

Genres

  • Rock
  • Electronica
  • New Wave
  • Pop
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Fri Sep 17 2021
1

Everything But The Tunes.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

Not what I was expecting at all. Boring middle of the road ballads - no thanks!

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Je vais profiter de la tribune que m'offre l'espace dédié à la critique de cet album finalement pas très intéressant pour vous partager un fait musical marquant de ma journée. Vous savez probablement que mon album préféré de ces dernières années n'est autre que Process de l'artiste Sampha. Alors que je pensais tout connaître de sa substance, la vignette d'une vidéo YouTube affichant la pochette de celui-ci interpella ma rétine. Le nom de la chanson en question m'était inconnu. Je cliquai donc sur celle-ci, puis écoutai cette douce mélopée. Quel moment exceptionnel… D'où pouvait bien provenir ce miracle ? Croyez-le ou non, ce morceau ainsi qu'un autre étaient tout simplement deux morceaux bonus de la version japonaise de l'album. La morale de cette histoire est la suivante : ne pensez jamais connaître quelque chose tant que vous ne l'avez pas vue dans sa version japonaise.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

Beautifully melancholic album

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

This album was so good, I enjoyed every single song. My favourites were Goodbye Sunday and Blue Moon Rose.

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Mon Jan 04 2021
4

EBTG is one of the most talent and moving bands of our times. Tracey Thorn's voice is unbeatable, and the lyrics and music on this album are some of the best ever done by EBTG. It works for nearly every mood: if you're up, it can generate energy, and if you're relaxed it can smooth you out. 4/5

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Surprisingly enjoyable album to have in the background

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Soothing sound. Gave me good vibes.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Proof that looks can be deceiving - Ben Watt (the male half of Everything But the Girl) on the cover of this record with a pompadour and clutching flowers looks like a Great Value Morrissey, so I figured these two would sound like a poor man’s version of the Smiths, but Wikipedia classified them as “Sophisti-pop”. Pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this album, Tracey Thorn has an absolutely beautiful singing voice, and the additional musicians all felt complementary to the compositions rather than getting in their way. Definitely interested to explore more of this duo and the genre.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Late 80's ballads, subtle instruments, and smooth vocals. Great easy listening.

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Interesting album from a band and genre that I had never heard before. Sophisti-pop? Anyway, really smooth chord progressions and love the 80's love ballads. Singers voice really pleasant with unique jazz-pop sound. Favorite Tracks: Love is Here Where I Live, Oxford Street, Lonesome for a Place I Know

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

This one convinced me a lot more than the other album of theirs on here. Not sure why and not willing to investigate.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

I've never gone beyond Miss You (my regret) so was overjoyed to see this come up. And I loved Tracey Thorn's (unexpected) vocals & the songwriting of fellow #BarnetFC fan Ben Watt. I wish i'd listened to it 25 years ago, will revisit many times

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

This was a weird one for sure. Not that the contents are weird, but it is definitely from a subgenre of pop that I have almost no experience with. That being said, with no frame of reference, these songs sounded really good. The arrangements were very minimal, but still sounding very full and making the album sound very complete. Quality group of songs from front to back, although not really my genre and so not something I would ever find myself returning to.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
2

Middle of the road lounge tunes

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Way too stuck in its own time.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

All blurred into 1 boring song

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

Earnest to a fault. Like, definitely too earnest for me, urghhhhhh... also so very late 80s/early 90s sounding. Her voice is clearly the star of this show, but it's just generically good to me, not my thing at all. It's competent, but I couldn't get through it.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Some nice background music but all kind of blended into one

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Wed Jun 08 2022
2

No idea why I had to listen to this album before I die. Not annoying but nothing special either.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
2

I had a HARD time getting through this album. I have heard at least one song from Everything But the Girl - one of their singles from the 90s. I'm feeling less generous these days. It's harder to say that something is "okay". The tracks on Idlewild were uniform, and had too much of an "easy listening" style, getting into muzak territory. I don't know why this album is on the list. The sound was very late 80s. I would be very surprised if they were not playing an electronic keyboard trying to sound like a piano. Plus there was saxophone. I was bored.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
1

incredibly boring. would not listen again.

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Fri May 07 2021
1

Not great. Every song is pretty much the same boring track.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
1

I couldn't get through it. I have no idea why this would be included in this list. It was very boring and unsurprising to me.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
1

I cannot put into words how much I hate this album. Muzak-like synths, awful violin parts, and lyrics dripping in cheese make this the worst examples of 80s indulgences

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Fri Sep 17 2021
1

awful. I'd rather see dave lee travis play macbeth.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
1

God I hate this band

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Thu Mar 31 2022
1

I don't mean to sound cranky, but if we're concerned that this list might be a little heavy on the WASP entries, we can probably start the cutting here. Why in the world is this on the list? This sounds like something that would be playing in the candle section at a cider mill gift shop.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

Oktubre

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

Chilling 80-S pop

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Loved it very mellow

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Very nice! I haven't heard a lot of these lady's 80s ballads.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Really nostalgic and wistful 80s, with a great lingering pace throughout.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

tight as fuck - 9/10 loved the diversity of the instrumentals

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

What is this? Soul? R&B? Pop? - Whatever it is, I like it. I only knew Everything But The Girld by name before, so this album is quite a discovery for me. It's a very laid back affair, the arrangements are top notch and not too rooted in the 80s. The singer has a great voice, and the songs are very good too. What's not to like? 4.5/5

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Beautiful album, really relaxing and nice voice 4/5

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Good, but not my kind of music

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Nice

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Yeah. This is far better than the last few albums on the list. I never really listened to EBTG back then, but they were pleasant enough backing music when someone else played them. This persuades me that I should listen to them more.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Lovely songs & a sweet voice. Like it a lot.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Tracy's voice always makes the day

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Ranges from electronica to folk/country, quite nice all around.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

I go wild

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Mjög ljúf og róleg plata. Tracey Thorn er með svo fallega rödd.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Really smooth. I'd definitely listen to this one again.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

first listen real nice sounds, definitely some 70s voicings, the chords kept me interested

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

This was a poppy, chilled out refresher after two albums I didn't get on with. Not my normal cup of tea, but Tracey Thorne's voice is unique and even over the sometimes sketchy drum machines it somehow works magic. There is a wonderful sense of space in the production that lets the songs breath.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

7/10. Good album, consistently enjoyable

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

From before they hit the US!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

This is music to get romantic with. Like Led Zepplin IV in Fast Times but better

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Found myself caught up in the first track cover of 'I don't want to talk about it'. Loved the presentation throughout.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

I fell in love with Tracey & Ben via their debut EBTG album, Eden. Idlewild is their 4th album and one of their best. My original vinyl has 11 tracks, all penned by the couple. My cd of the album, however, contains an extra track, which opens the record. It’s their cover of the Crazy Horse classic, I Don’t Want To Talk About It, which had charted for Rod Stewart in 1977. The EBTG version is to die for. Tracey Thorn has a voice made to sing about broken hearts. The album hangs together so well. Sophisticated, to say the least, it’s a great listen.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Melodic and listenable…akin to Indigo Gorls in the realm of pop-folk vibe.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Voice is really nice. Album bit the samey but I think 4 stars is fair

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

Tender and romantic

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

Simply put, it is elegant, it is graceful, it is enjoyable for the most part. Didn’t like The Night I Heard Caruso, but everything else was great. 4/5

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

Sophisti-pop from the late 80s. Sounds kinda like Sade and Spandau Ballet had some kind of musical lovechild. Decent enough I guess

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Not bad, but kind of boring. Musically it's pretty good though. 3/5

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

More 80s brit pop. okay. Its got good technique and a well crafted sound, but damn it is so soft rock-y that i cant latch on to it. She has a great voice but the content is just so smarmy I can't deal. Apron Strings I can see being a cool wedding song.

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Kiedys musial on nastapic, powrot na wyspy, w bardzo wyspiarskim stylu grany pop, zwany takze sophisti popem, bo w tworzeniu lini instrumentalnej korzysta sporo z wszelkich synthezatorow i urzadzen elektroniki, ale sa to lata 80/90, wiec wszedzie gdzie sie dalo uzywano efekciarskich efektow tuningu, ale tutaj nie jest z tym tak tragicznie, bo wiekszosc melodi oparta jest jednak na akustyku, na ktorym sobie pogrywa pan z duetu, bo wszystko tylko baba, to loverowski duet co widac, slychac i czuc, okladka wyglada jakby jedna osoba byla zdublowana, az takie bije od nich pokrewienstwo serc, slychac, bo pani Tracey zajmuje sie wylacznie wokalowaniem, natomiast pan Ben sobie gitarkuje oraz odpowiada za calosc produkcji, na plycie zostaja wykorzystane inne instrumenty, takie jak saksy czy basy, przewijajace sie synthy, pianinka, ale graja je studyjni muzykowie, no i czuc zgranie duetu po tym jak wokal plynie na melodii, co do strony lirycznej zastanawia mnie czy tak czeste nawiazania do ukochanej wyspy jest tak czestym motywem w brytyjskim popie, czy raczej lista jest troche baised na punkcie takich wlasnie albumikow, bo nie jest to poziom born in the usa, ale subtelne odniesienia do ojczyzny przewijaja sie na trakach, kawalkami ktore najbardziej ktore pewnie najdluzej zapamietam z tej plyty to goodbye sunday czyli poniedzialkowy anthem i jego sliska linia melodyczna, kolejnym jest the night when I heard carusao sing, czyli jedyny trak na ktorym main wokalem jest pan Ben, gdzie sreodkowa zwrotke pomaga pani Tracey, jeden z najlepszych fragmentow duetu na tej plycie, bo sa jeszcze miejsca w ktorym meski glos pomaga, ale jednak jest zawsze drugoplanowy, sam trak rowniez ma ciekawy mocno pacyfistyczny theme, wisienka na torcie jest pianino ktore stanowi podstawe instrumentalna, do ktorego pod koniec songa dochodzi saksa, dobre sluchowisko 45 minut ciekawego duetu

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Sounds like music my parents would listen to. Not like, egregiously bad or anything just generally passable

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Tracey Thorns voice kills and production is nice. It's quite a pleasant listen overall but one probably needs to be in the relaxed horizontal position to maximize enjoyment of this record.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Pas particulierement interessé par cet album malgre une belle pochette et de belles promesses sur le premier son, je reviendrai plus fort dans une prochaine review.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Only had time to listen to the first half. Pleasant vocals, pretty good songs. Not blown away by it, but decent enough.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Everything But The Girl surely has made some nice songs including a few classic ones. It was initially a bit of a mystery to me why this album is on the 1001 list. It is certainly well made, but everything sounded rather generic and boring, even for a Sunday morning. However, then it became better and better - it was one of the albums in the list that I did not know already in advance, and my score went up by each listen: 1, 2, 3, 3.3 -> 3.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Way too mellow for my tastes.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

Strong 3! Dug the vibes but I prefer this bands later output

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Nothing like what I expected, since by the 90s they had gone into dance music. The cover of i don't wanna talk about it surprised me, but was good, the sax turning up was less enjoyable. Decent, but not one I am likely to come back to

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

no my thing

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

6/10

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

The name of this group is a lie. Best track: The Night I Heard Caruso Sing

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Favorites: These Early Days Pretty standard 80s pop. Not bad at all, but nothing stands out.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Didn't stick out to me a lot, but a nice, mellow, enjoyable record with a couple of tracks that were fun. The vocal style makes me wonder if they had some influence on Sara Bareilles. Fave track: Apron Strings

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Not the best album from EBTG. I have fond memories of their early albums, especially Eden. Bedsit music from the time when I was living in one.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

fine

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

That voice

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Sat Jan 08 2022
3

Quite okay

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

I expected to like this a lot more, because i like the voice, and key aspects of the style, but it is too far on the boring side of mellow. I Don't Want to Talk and Apron Strings are strong, though the rest blends together.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

It's a very sweet, melodic album. But nothing really stands out. Kind of like the cover album, it's easy to miss. It sounds like a love album. And a breakup album. But there's not enough emotion in it.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

It's a quality blue-eyed soul album. Reminds me at times of Safe. It's very smooth and polished. It's just not a style that I really enjoy so despite the quality that the band exhibits I can't give it more than 3.5 stars

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

It got me right off the bat with a terrific cover of a Rod Stewart song, which is actually a cover of a Crazy Horse song. It turns out that Crazy Horse had a career outside of playing with Neil Young occasionally. But after that song (I Don't Want To Talk About It is a solid 5), most of this sounds like watered down Sade. If Sade is what you put on to get laid, then this album is what you put on to masturbate. So in that sense, this album will get you everything but the girl.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Not a bad a album. But not a brilliant album. Makes for nice background music but there is no real substance to it. It just slips away quietly

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

I listened to this twice and it completely washed over me both times. Absolutely nothing stuck. I'm actually kind of amazed at how completely neutral this music is. It's like reverse osmosis water.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

I appreciate the earnestness and clarity of the music, but the 80's derpiness distracts me. I could see myself really liking it if I was in just the right head space when I heard it.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Ziemlich langweiliger Jazz-Pop, der jedoch zum Teil sehr entspannend wirkt. Irgendwas zwischen 2-3, eher 3.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

3.25

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

I've always had a soft spot for 80s sophisti-pop and city pop. It often overlapped with other genres like synthpop (e.g. Pet Shop Boys) or would reappear in more recent music (e.g. future funk) that it became easy for me to favor. I really like the melancholic mood, seductive female front vocals, and very 80s production, occupied with simple yet busy jazz and synths. In fact, I enjoyed this album so much I had to check out their other top songs, and ended up adding "Missing," "Wrong," and "Night and Day," which I actually prefer to anything on this album. But this album is still a pleasurable experience, even if nothing stands out. I noticed one reviewer that he thought that would sound like Morrissey based on the cover but was disappointed it wasn't, and yet I'm here listening to songs like "Lonesome for a Place I Know" and it sounds EXACTLY like a Morrissey, from the vocals to the lyrics to the sound, except female. Favorites: These Early Days, Oxford Street, Goodbye Sunday, Blue Moon Rose, Tears All Over Town, Lonesome for a Place I Know

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

No conocía este disco de ellos, pero empieza bien. Antes de la electrónica era un grupo casi de jazz. Me gustan igualmente para una escucha tranquila. Recomendable pero no creo que imprescindible.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Legalzinho, mas não muito empolgante

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Nice, drums sound very dated now. But not special.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

doesn't offend, doesn't exite

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Like.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Pop ñoño. Ni fu ni fa.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Nothing like what I expected, since by the 90s they had gone into dance music. The cover of I don't wanna talk about it surprised me, but was good, the sax turning up was less enjoyable. Decent, but not one I am likely to come back to. 3 🌟

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Best Song: I Don't Want to Talk About It. She has pleasant voice. It sounds like the kind of song that could be played at a wedding or a funeral. Worst Song: Tears All Over Town. A bit too slow, and the backing instrumentals make it sound like an R&B slow jam, which doesn't vibe with the vocals. Overall: I kept expecting to dislike this album but then I just... didn't. With each new song, I still found the main vocals charming. Sure, it's not altogether exciting music, but she has an undeniably lovely voice. I could care less about most of whatever music is going on in the background, but the strength of the vocals really sticks out here.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

Very pretty, and almost nauseatingly smooth? Sounds like it was recorded directly to laserdisc.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Breezy, inoffensive sophisticated pop from one of the 80s more understated yet substantial bands. Crazy to think that, within a couple of years, they'd be instrumental in the rise of emotive dance music but we've all got to have a head start somewhere. This could have a bit more variety but, overall, not a bad thing. Favorites: I Don't Want to Talk About, Love is Here Where I Live, These Early Days, Oxford Street, The Night I Heard Caruso Sing, Goodbye Sunday, Shadow on a Harvest Moon, Lonesome for a Place I Know.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

"Idlewild" is the fourth studio album from Kingston upon Hull duo Everything But The Girl. The musical style is in the pop, jazz-pop and sophisti-pop categories. That sounds about right. Acoustic instruments, synthesizers and a drum machine are used. The songs deal with daily and family life and are sung more in the short story format. No real choruses here. The music is mellow, easy listening and, I guess, nice pop. They're well-constructed and Tracey Thorn has a nice voice. This was fine for me with what they're trying to do. The album (actually reissued album) begins with their biggest song (on the album) "I Don't Want to to Talk About It." It is a cover ballad song orginally written and orginal recorded by Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten in 1971. It's also my favorite song on the album...nice acoustic guitar, strings'synth, soothing. The next three songs were also released as singles: "Love Is Here Where I Live" - drum machine and polished pop, "These Early Days" - nice pop melody and about child raising and "I Always Was Your Girl" - great soulful singing and a sax. The rest of the album continues with the solid pop-oriented songs. Everything But The Girl would hit it bigger in the US about six years later with "Missing." If you're up for more mellow, chill and pop music, this is a perfect album for you.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

3.5/5 a bit boring but pleasant in the background

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

I’m going to put this out there: I like this album. As with others, it could be nostalgia and a connection with a specific time in my life, but for whatever reason I like it. It’s occasionally a bit cheesy, twee, and dated sounding, but some of the lyrics are quite good. And they do have much better records.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

While nothing extraordinary, I would say that the sound is very nice and mature for its genre, if a bit too chill throughout.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Hadn't really listened to more than a song or two, though Natalie used to (not so much this album, apparently). I'd have to say, on first listen, it all sounds very nice, very grown up, classy arrangements & playing/singing etc...but nothing to hook me in.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

тоже ничего не запомнилось

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

lagano - u nekim trenutcima baš onako lijepo, a u nekim dosadno. trojka should do the trick. wannabe morrissey on the right tho.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

Nije spektakularno a nije ni loše

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Pleasant but nothing interesting

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Sun May 09 2021
2

Wasn't a big fan of this Album. Started off good but sound got a bit old and the literal lyrics bugged me a bit. Album also too long did not get to the end

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Fri May 28 2021
2

I liked the other album that was recommended much better, at last after the 2.5 songs I listened too.

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Mon May 03 2021
2

nope

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

3

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Not memorable in the slightest. Like a less good Joni Mitchell.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
2

Very Average. Only listened to a few songs

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Wed Aug 18 2021
2

It's pleasant, but sterile and overproduced. When I see a British band in the late '80s, I expect a bit of economic panic and some anger as well. This album seems exists in a world where Thatcher was never PM. It takes no risks whatsoever and sounds like an adult contemporary radio station. I can hear glimpses of the post-punk ethos in the vocal delivery, but the backing music washes it out and sanitizes it. A notable exception is 'The Night I heard Caruso Sing'

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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

Lots of the songs sounded similar

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

trash

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

Inoffensive and nothing special. Better than the hip hop bollox to date so need the half stars to distinguish. I can’t give this 3 despite giving some of the hip hop 2

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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

This is ok but not for me.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

I like their version of I Don't Want to Talk About It, the rest of the album is nice, but nothing else stood out on first listen.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

Uhhh my mind is mush, this all sounds the same, not bad though

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

I mean it was decent but all the songs sounded the same Sounded like ABBA and Fleetwood Mac but worse Sax was pretty cool in some of the songs though

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

The music is not for me. I personally would like it slightly more without the singing as a chill background. This type of music is not for me

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Mon Nov 29 2021
2

No need for this with walking wounded already representing

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

Should’ve taken the girl as well

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

The production is so incredibly dated that it makes it hard to listen to. It's smooth and artificial and any good songwriting gets lots is the late 80s synth haze

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

kinda boring the lead female singer has a weird nasal thing that you hear every once in a while like Cher but more subtle

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Bought this back in the day. I had to, I needed the cash and had to break a record voucher so i found this in a bargain bucket. I resented it ever since and gave the tape away. 1 song album for me. It is non contentious easy-going music that doesn't grab me musically or emotionally in any way. Not a patch on a contemporaneous album and genre such as Steve McQueen by Prefab Sprout. Cover art: 2/5

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

2-5

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

I was hoping this album would be a little bit more influenced by trip-hop, based on their song "Missing". It's a lot more jazz, lounge influenced. It's pleasant, and Tracey Thorn has a really nice voice, but it ended up being more background than anything. Favorite tracks: "Goodbye Sunday", "Lonesome For a Place I Know"

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Thu Feb 24 2022
2

The Rod Stewart cover is nice, the rest pretty ordinary. I know it wasn’t ordinary back then, but what can one do, time renders us all old & ordinary

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

2.6 - Please God, anything but Everything But The Girl.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Imo, it was great but not overly-amazing. But I love that jazzy arrangements on the record. Tears All Over Town, Shadow on a Harvest Moon, Goodbye Sunday, I Always Was Your Girl, I Don't Want to Talk About It are my personal favourites from the album.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
2

Ok pop album. The female singing is pretty good and has a good voice. The songs are all pretty slow and relaxed. Nothing really too bad. Just not for me. 3.7/10

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

This is okay. I mean, it's really simple and pretty - but I don't necessarily like it. Still, I appreciate it.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Yaaaaaaaaaaawn

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Sometimes I thought "hmm this is nice chill background" and other times I thought "fucking hell this is naff" and I think the latter outweighed the former

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Sun Apr 24 2022
2

This was just boring. Nothing more than muzak. 2/5.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

Just kind of boring

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

Nice little pop album, but not for me.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

I like their 90’s stuff so was expecting more from this but this is quite boring 80’s music

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

A little elevator musicy. Not my fave

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

I found this pretty boring. Had a hard time getting through the album.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

Chill album nothing special

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Mon Aug 15 2022
2

Really chill 90sish smooth pop. I'm not a huge fan of this genre of music. It's like half acoustic with drum machines. Just can't get into this one.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

Lots of love songs but nice arpeggio melodic guitars

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Fri Sep 02 2022
2

This is very boring. I wonder if they tried to make it sound like that, cause they did a great job.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

Just not the same energy I have today. Descent but nothing special.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

boring, empty, repetitive

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Mon Sep 19 2022
2

Not terrible, kind of like early bill Joel and Irish dido teamed up with the power of drum machines and synthesizers. Nu wave at its middlest.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
2

No thank you

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

Just not for me

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

More bland lounge music. These guys would be nothing without Todd Terry.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
2

Totally ok

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

This is boring 80s love ballads.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
2

Not much to this album that was memorable. The music was meh ok. They halve decent voices but nothing exciting comes from this album.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
2

Seems unfair to give this 2 stars because it’s ‘not my thing’. It doesn’t really stand out from a thousand other talented female leads. Lyrics are intelligent but the music is just filler.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

This does nothing for me. Gentle, almost soporific. I don't find the tunes particularly memorable. Playing is tasteful. The drum machines give me the irrits; this needed either a good drummer or use of sampled loops (as they did on subsequent albums) to give it a bit more swing. I do own a copy of this record, but I note that I have put on consignment for sale at Scratches Records, Newtown (head on down! say hi to Lorenz for me!). I know that I listened to it before I sent it out for sale, but cannot remember a thing about it. Listening to it today re-affirms my decision. Inessential for me.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

Fine, but all the songs just blended togther

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Thu Oct 20 2022
2

A few good songs but not a huge fan of this music

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Mon Oct 24 2022
2

No word of a lie, this album sounded like one long continuous song. I literally could not distinguish one track from the next. Make a cohesive album, sure. But give it some goddamn variety for chrissake.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
2

Not for me

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Thu Nov 17 2022
2

smooth jazz - thought they were electronica.....

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Tue Nov 29 2022
2

This isn't in my original copy of the book which means someone thought that the original 1,001 albums you need to listen to before you die was incomplete without this album. How many flights of stairs do you need to fall down to elicit the brain damage requisite to think that the original list could only be improved by this album? This is probably the most insulting example of the books author(s) cramming their Brit-Pop of the 80s and 90s down our throats when even the Wikipedia entry for this album cites "Three songs were released as singles but failed to make a big impact." What about this album is a must-listen? I can think many reasons to never listen to this album again. 2/5.

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Mon May 10 2021
1

Not for me - 'It sounds like an 80s sitcom'.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
1

It is so boring. Even though 1001 albums is a lot, this is literally not worth your time to listen through and more importantly, it should not have a spot on this list. The singer can only sing with a weird yelling voice, and the instrumental sounds like it belongs in an Adam Sandler rom-com. Favorite track: Blue Rose Moon

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Fri Sep 17 2021
1

Maybe you just had to be there and I'm being over-critical, but then again maybe Hitler wouldn't have been so grumpy if people weren't ignoring his high 5s all the time. If it was a footballer, it'd be Dominic Solanke. SHACK loves lamb chops

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Fri Sep 17 2021
1

Nope. Not for me.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
1

soooo bad

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Fri Sep 24 2021
1

Contrived, sleepy, and purposeless.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
1

Trash

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Wed Nov 03 2021
1

Not exciting.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
1

Nah thanks bruh

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Fri Dec 17 2021
1

pling pling pling on the guitar. Some not so memorable lyrics. Nothing in that albums strikes a nerve in me. Sorry could not bring myself to listen to it all. It was just sooooooooooo bad.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
1

Waiting room music

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Fri Feb 04 2022
1

The album has the feel of a lounge act playing the early-bird happy hour at the Holiday Inn. I have no idea why this album would be something that anyone would have to hear before they die.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
1

Bland new wavey bullshit

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Fri Apr 22 2022
1

Way too cheesy. Just a bit gross

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Mon May 09 2022
1

Started with a nope, moved on to a nope, then followed up with a nope, then noped right the fuck out of there.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
1

meeehhhh, pas sûr de comprendre pourquoi c'est cet album qui se retrouve sur la liste. Don't Want To Talk About It est peut-être le premier hit qui a changé la carrière du groupe, mais j'avoue l'avoir entendu pour la première fois en écoutant cet album dans le cadre de ce projet. La pièce n'est pas mauvaise, mais selon moi le hit Missing de l'album Amplified Heart est beaucoup plus important pour le groupe. En plus, l'album ici souffre terriblement de la production qui vieillie très mal. On est dans les sonorités les plus mauvaises des années 80, sans parler du saxophone. La voix de Tracey Thorn est bien, mais l'emballage musical est mauvais. Honnêtement, l'écoute de l'album Amplified Heart vaut vraiment plus la peine que cet album.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
1

How do they manage to sound so bored while making their own album? Geez.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
1

Appallingly bad

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Fri Sep 02 2022
1

I have no idea why something like this is on this list. It's just flat out boring, there's nothing in the insturmentals or lyrics that make you say *Hey* You have to listen to this before you die.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
1

This is some dentist office music. lifeless.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
1

I feel asleep and ruined a keyboard with drool trying to listening to this.. Painful.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
1

Really, incredibly boring. I was looking forward to it after the previous album i heard of theirs via this project.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
1

meh

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Fri Oct 28 2022
1

Not a lot compelling here. Some very earnest lyrics, but not in a charming way. The music is barely above easy listening. And somehow she seems to be both over singing and barely awake at the same time. As remarkable as that is, I can’t imagine why this was put on the list.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
1

I thought this was an album by the band Idlewild at first, but alas. The music does nothing for me. Some of the lyrics at least have a bit of individuality to them, albeit in a super inoffensive way. The only song I recognised was a cover and apparently not even on the original release. 1.5

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Fri Nov 04 2022
1

Booooring. Ok the mix was nice and the vocals nice, but man I was bored. I described it to my wife as "stuck shopping with grandma at Dillard's" music. Sorry but wouldn't listen again.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
1

Uninspiring background music. Prefer to never listen again. 1/5

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Wed Nov 23 2022
1

It's just too much

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Wed Nov 30 2022
1

I literally can't for the life of me figure out why this is on this list. I am not sure it's good or relevant at all in any way. It's pleasant for sure, but get this out of here!

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Tue Dec 06 2022
1

No good songs on the entire album

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