Everything But The Girl – Idlewild (1988)
Everything ‘Bout the Logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming
Idlewild: is it an oxymoron?
To me, idle would mean being completely stationary, not going anywhere, and wild would mean anything/everything but.
Back in 1995, Everything But The Girl (EBTG)’s song Missing used to drive 13-year-old me wild, the song just keeps looping, it isn’t going anywhere, yet it’s inescapable!
Given that teenage frustration, the following statement would definitely seem oxymoronic to 13-year-old me: Idlewild is an awesome EBTG album.
I’m not sure if their post-Idlewild output was/is consistently great, so it’s possible EBTG is one of those groups people talk about when they say, “Oh, their older stuff was better.”
But as long as that older stuff literally sounds like These Early Days of the band, I’m in.
There’s plenty to like among the rest of the tunes, including several standout lines like Shadow of a Harvest Moon‘s, “I write these words to make them true.”
But it’s the one particular track, These Early Days, that really resonates.
It shares a lot of the elements that made Aimee Mann’s Fifty Years After the Fair so memorable for me: lovely melody, with some sadness looking back at a time when there was more optimism about the days ahead.
This one also earns perhaps the highest form of praise I can give: These Early Days reminds me of The Smiths.
While listening, I kept thinking, you know what, these guys would probably do a good Smiths cover. Sure enough, as confirmed by a YouTube search, they do a gorgeous version of Back to the Old House.
But EBTG also write some pretty fine songs of their own, especially the ones penned by lead singer Tracey Thorn.
And I don’t think it took me writing these words to make that true.
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