Everything But the Girl - Amplified Heart (Half Speed Remastered)
Review: 5 - "A masterpiece of literature" by , written on May 4, 20020
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Everything But the Girl - Amplified Heart (Half Speed Remastered)

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    By the time they released "Amplified Heart" in 1994, Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn had spent a decade churning out admired but relatively commercially unsuccessful "lite-jazz" albums. Then, on the back of a string of on-point club remixes (Todd Terry's chart-topping version of "Missing" included), the set surprisingly became a runaway success. To celebrate the album's 25th birthday, "Amplified Heart" has been given the audiophile reissue treatment. It suits the album's gently breezy, emotion-rich feel, with Thorn's evocative, lovelorn vocals perfectly matching Watt's sunset-friendly blend of acoustic guitars, soft-touch double bass, trip-hop style beats and Balearic-minded electronics. It remains one of the duo's greatest albums and should be in every discerning listener's collection.

    25th Anniversary Edition

    Side 1
    1. "Rollercoaster" (3:14)
    2. "Troubled Mind" (3:30)
    3. "I Don't Understand Anything" (4:24)
    4. "Walking To You" (3:30)
    5. "Get Me" (3:32)
    Side 2
    1. "Missing" (4:03)
    2. "Two Star" (4:04)
    3. "We Walk The Same Line" (3:59)
    4. "25th December" (4:16)
    5. "Disenchanted" (2:03)

    By the time they released "Amplified Heart" in 1994, Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn had spent a decade churning out admired but relatively commercially unsuccessful "lite-jazz" albums. Then, on the back of a string of on-point club remixes (Todd Terry's chart-topping version of "Missing" included), the set surprisingly became a runaway success. To celebrate the album's 25th birthday, "Amplified Heart" has been given the audiophile reissue treatment. It suits the album's gently breezy, emotion-rich feel, with Thorn's evocative, lovelorn vocals perfectly matching Watt's sunset-friendly blend of acoustic guitars, soft-touch double bass, trip-hop style beats and Balearic-minded electronics. It remains one of the duo's greatest albums and should be in every discerning listener's collection.

    25th Anniversary Edition

    Side 1
    1. "Rollercoaster" (3:14)
    2. "Troubled Mind" (3:30)
    3. "I Don't Understand Anything" (4:24)
    4. "Walking To You" (3:30)
    5. "Get Me" (3:32)
    Side 2
    1. "Missing" (4:03)
    2. "Two Star" (4:04)
    3. "We Walk The Same Line" (3:59)
    4. "25th December" (4:16)
    5. "Disenchanted" (2:03)