Love and Its Opposite

Tracey Thorn

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MRG379 | Release Date 2010

After pausing an 18-year career with partner Ben Watt in best-selling alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl (1982-2000), followed by a self-imposed hiatus to start a family, Tracey Thorn re-emerged in 2007 to a wave of critical acclaim with the glittering autobiographical folk-disco of Out of the Woods, her first solo album since 1982's indie classic A Distant Shore. Now she is back with another: the starkly beautiful Love and Its Opposite on Merge Records.

Partnering again with Berlin-based producer Ewan Pearson (who worked on much of Out of the Woods and more recently with Delphic), Tracey has created an album that is striking in its simplicity. Recorded in Berlin and London, and featuring guest contributions from Hot Chip's Al Doyle, The Invisible's Leo Taylor, Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman, Nashville songwriter-drummer Cortney Tidwell, and Lost Valentinos' guitarist Jono Ma, Love and Its Opposite is steeped in a compassionate directness. The tight, often undecorated arrangements for guitar, piano, bass, and drums (and a smattering of strings and woodwinds) serve ten songs over a compact thirty-nine minutes that confront the full unvarnished weight of complex relationships in flux.

Love and Its Opposite is a humane and truthful collection from one of our finest singers and songwriters.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play Oh, The Divorces! 04:16 $0.99 Buy
Play Long White Dress 03:54 $0.99 Buy
Play Hormones 03:08 $0.99 Buy
Play Kentish Town 03:30 $0.99 Buy
Play Why Does the Wind? 05:01 $0.99 Buy
Play You Are a Lover 03:12 $0.99 Buy
Play Singles Bar 03:29 $0.99 Buy
Play Come on Home to Me 03:34 $0.99 Buy
Play Late in the Afternoon 03:21 $0.99 Buy
Play Swimming 04:18 $0.99 Buy

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