As one half of Everything But The Girl, Tracey Thorn’s distinct vocal presence helped spawn some of the finest boy/girl harmonies of the ’80s and ’90s. Continuing the momentum of a long-forgotten solo career she resurrected in 2007 with the critically acclaimed Out Of The Woods, ‘Oh, The Divorces!’ acts as a teaser for her forthcoming release Love & Its Opposite (May 17). The horribly cutesy title may seem slightly too naïve for such a seasoned professional, and the subject matter itself comes off sounding a little smug given Thorn’s long-term romance with husband and Everything But The Girl collaborator Ben Watt, but the song is not without its merits. There is no questioning the beauty and simplicity of Thorn’s soothing voice, especially when accompanied by the contrast of gentle piano plinks and soaring string arrangements. But perhaps a quick call to the hubby to provide some sorely missed harmonies would have given a much needed prod to this inoffensive little number.
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