Tracy Thorn returns to love

Tracey Thorn releases 'Love And Its Opposite' on 17th May 2010 via Strange Feeling Records. You can sample the album via a free download of opening track 'Oh, The Divorces!' from

From the press release:

“When I was young, I imagined middle age to be a kind of comfort zone, but in fact, having got here, I now feel it's more of a war zone. The songs are where I dump all that shit so that I can get on with my life without jumping off a bridge.”

This is the thought that leads Tracey Thorn into the starkly beautiful Love And Its Opposite, a collection of songs that are happy and sad, easy and difficult, dark and light.

Thorn, of course, needs little introduction. She’s the unique voice behind Everything But The Girl, the duo whose 18-year career went on hiatus in 2000 to allow the singer to raise her family (“I wrote nothing at all for years when I first had the kids,” she says). With new experiences to process, she returned to a wave of critical acclaim in 2007 with Out Of The Woods, her first solo album since 1982’s A Distant Shore. Love And Its Opposite represents her next move, and it’s a reunion of sorts with her EBTG partner Ben Watt, who releases the album on his Strange Feeling label.

Working once again with Berlin-based producer Ewan Pearson (who collaborated with Thorn on Out Of The Woods before lending his talents to hot new act Delphic), the album was recorded in London and Berlin, where, Tracey says, “it was born in very humble surroundings. Everything about the first bit of recording was incredibly basic, with me playing everything myself, and on a very limited range of instruments.”

The album’s less sparse moments are populated by a fantastic cast of guest performers, all of who have a personal connection to Tracey. They are Hot Chip's Al Doyle (guitar & bass), The Invisible's Leo Taylor (drums), singer-songwriter Jens Lekman (guest vocals), Nashville-based singer-songwriter-drummer Cortney Tidwell (backing vocals, drums), and Los Valentinos’s guitarist Jono.

Love And Its Opposite is, says Tracey, “a record about the person I am now and the people around me. About real life after 40.” Here, covers of Lee Hazelwood's Come On Home To Me (a duet with Jens Lekman) and You Are A Lover by Budapest’s The Unbending Trees (with whom Tracey collaborated in 2008) join eight originals, each of which tackles head-on the realities of life in its middle years, whether marriage and divorce, (Long White Dress and Oh, The Divorces!), family ghosts (Kentish Town), confronting life alone (Singles Bar) or the collision of youth and adulthood (Hormones). The album climaxes with Swimming, featuring Cortney Tidwell. “I really wanted it to be the closing track,” says Tracey. “It holds out hope for love's survival even when it seems to be in hibernation.”

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