Finally. No, really…FINALLY, Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn announced yesterday that they will reissue their 1996 critically-lauded million-seller Walking Wounded on vinyl November 8th.
Every album that Thorn and Watt made as Everything But The Girl was sonically adventurous. But Walking Wounded really took a committed left turn from their previous bossa nova, folk-pop, jazz and orchestral album excursions, as Watt’s inspiration for the album came from creatively inhaling the pulse of London’s up-and-coming drum ‘n’ bass club scene in the mid ‘90s.
In the press statement for the upcoming re-issue, Watt explains how the sounds he heard in those clubs late at night were an organic home for Thorn’s emotive alto vocals. “I was immediately inspired,” he remembers. “It was like a futuristic Brazilian sound. The mix of high-tuned propulsive drums, late-night samples and low sub bass just seemed to leave a big plangent hole in the middle, and in it I pictured Tracey's voice.”
“Just before Walking Wounded came out, I remember thinking that it could go either way,” Thorn wrote in her 2013 memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen. “We might triumph or we might fall flat on our faces. We worried that we would annoy some of the drum-and-bass underground by making a pop version of a sound that was still so new,” she added.
Marrying drum ‘n’ bass, downtempo and trip-hop soundscapes with Thorn’s soothing, autumnal vocals and their melancholic lyrics, the chancy creative journey Thorn and Watt embarked on within the grooves of Walking Wounded definitely triumphed. The album became their biggest seller, scored numerous positive critical reviews, and is constantly lauded as a “fan favorite” out of the duo’s impressive roster of albums. Albumism readers agreed in our EBTG poll.
Following the recently unveiled vinyl reissue of Amplified Heart (1994) and slated for release on Thorn and Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly Records, in partnership with Chrysalis, the forthcoming 180-gram vinyl edition was mastered at half-speed for supreme aural pleasure at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios. So, you all have a couple months to upgrade your amps and speaker systems. And then give the neighbors below fair warning that it’s about to get real drum ‘n’ bass-y at night come November 8th.
PRE-ORDER Walking Wounded here