Love and Its Opposite

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Love and Its Opposite
Studio album by Tracey Thorn
Released 17 May 2010 (2010-05-17)
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Label Strange Feeling
Merge
Producer Tracey Thorn
Ewan Pearson
Tracey Thorn chronology
Out of the Woods
(2007)
Love and Its Opposite
(2010)
Tinsel and Lights
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Clash (magazine) 7/10 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
NU.nl 8/10 stars[3]

Love and Its Opposite is the third solo album by former Everything but the Girl singer Tracey Thorn, released on 17 May 2010.[4] The album was released on Thorn's husband Ben Watt's label Strange Feeling in the UK, and on Merge Records in North America. It was produced by Ewan Pearson, who also produced tracks on Thorn's previous album Out of the Woods. The album peaked at number 51 in the UK Albums Chart.[5]

Background[edit]

Love and Its Opposite was recorded in Berlin and London, and features guest contributions from Hot Chip's Al Doyle, The Invisible's Leo Taylor, Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman, Nashville musician Cortney Tidwell and Los Valentinos' guitarist Jono.[6] It contains eight original songs and two cover versions: Lee Hazlewood's "Come on Home to Me" (a duet with Jens Lekman) and "You Are a Lover" by The Unbending Trees (with whom Thorn collaborated in 2008).[6] The album's opening track, "Oh, the Divorces!", was made available as a free digital download on 17 February 2010, along with the confirmation of the album's track list.[4]

Thorn has described the theme of the album as "a record about the person I am now and the people around me ... about real life after forty."[6]

The cover art was designed by John Gilsenan.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Oh, the Divorces!"   Tracey Thorn 4:15
2. "Long White Dress"   Tracey Thorn 3:53
3. "Hormones"   Tracey Thorn 3:08
4. "Kentish Town"   Tracey Thorn 3:30
5. "Why Does the Wind?"   Tracey Thorn 5:01
6. "You Are a Lover"   Kristóf Hajós, Balázs Havasi 3:12
7. "Singles Bar"   Tracey Thorn 3:28
8. "Come on Home to Me"   Lee Hazlewood 3:34
9. "Late in the Afternoon"   Tracey Thorn 3:21
10. "Swimming"   Tracey Thorn 4:18
11. "Child Star (amazon.com bonus track)"   Tracey Thorn 2:41

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[8] 51
U.S. Billboard 200[9] 144

Opposites EP[edit]

An EP of remixes, Opposites, was released digitally on 24 August 2010.[10] It contains three songs from Love and Its Opposite, in original and remixed forms.

  1. "Swimming" (Visionquest Remix)
  2. "Swimming"
  3. "Kentish Town" (Walls Remix)
  4. "Kentish Town"
  5. "Late in the Afternoon" (Blue Daisy Remix)
  6. "Late in the Afternoon"

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