Amplified Heart

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Amplified Heart
Amplified Heart.jpg
Studio album by
Released13 June 1994 (1994-06-13)
RecordedDecember 1993–April 1994
Studio
GenreFolk-pop[1]
Length36:32
Label
Producer
Everything but the Girl chronology
Home Movies
(1993)
Amplified Heart
(1994)
Walking Wounded
(1996)
Singles from Amplified Heart
  1. "Rollercoaster"
    Released: 23 May 1994 (EP)
  2. "Missing"
    Released: 8 August 1994
  3. "Missing (Todd Terry Remix)"
    Released: 16 October 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[5]
Pitchfork8.6/10[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[8]

Amplified Heart is the eighth studio album by British musical duo Everything but the Girl. It was released on 13 June 1994 by Atlantic Records in the United States and Canada, and elsewhere by Blanco y Negro Records. The album was recorded and mixed in London from winter 1993 to 1994.

Primarily an acoustic-driven set,[2] Amplified Heart brought Everything but the Girl to mainstream audiences via the dance remix of the song "Missing". Ultimately peaking at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1996,[9] "Missing" spent more than a year gaining airplay and exposing Everything but the Girl to US and worldwide audiences, leading Amplified Heart to sell upwards of 232,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10] It went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies worldwide.[11]

Amplified Heart was reissued in 2012 by Edsel Records as a two-disc deluxe set.

On 16 May 2019 the band's Twitter account announced a special 25th anniversary pressing of the album on vinyl. Set to be released on 5 July 2019, it marks the album's debut in the vinyl format. The Todd Terry club mix of "Missing" is not on the vinyl as it was added on to later pressings of the CD as a bonus track.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Rollercoaster"Ben WattWatt3:14
2."Troubled Mind"Tracey ThornWatt3:34
3."I Don't Understand Anything"ThornThorn4:25
4."Walking to You"WattWatt3:30
5."Get Me"WattWatt3:34
6."Missing"ThornWatt4:06
7."Two Star"WattWatt4:06
8."We Walk the Same Line"ThornThorn4:00
9."25 December"WattWatt4:04
10."Disenchanted"ThornWatt2:03
Bonus track on later editions
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
11."Missing" (Todd Terry club mix)ThornWatt4:09

2012 Edsel Records reissue[edit]

Disc 1
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Rollercoaster"WattWatt3:14
2."Troubled Mind"ThornWatt3:34
3."I Don't Understand Anything"ThornThorn4:25
4."Walking to You"WattWatt3:30
5."Get Me"WattWatt3:34
6."Missing"ThornWatt4:06
7."Two Star"WattWatt4:06
8."We Walk the Same Line"ThornThorn4:00
9."25 December"WattWatt4:04
10."Disenchanted"ThornWatt2:03
11."Straight Back to You"WattWatt4:38
12."Lights of Te Touan"Stephen RyanRyan2:29
13."These Days" (live)Jackson BrowneBrowne3:24
14."Each and Every One" (live)WattThorn3:57
15."I Don't Want to Talk About It" (live)Danny WhittenWhitten3:13
Disc 2
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."I Don't Understand Anything" (home demo)ThornThorn4:17
2."Rollercoaster" (home dem)WattWatt3:13
3."Two Star" (home demo)WattWatt2:57
4."Troubled Mind" (home demo)ThornWatt3:48
5."We Walk the Same Line" (home demo)ThornThorn3:46
6."Richard Says" (home demo)ThornThorn2:24
7."Back at Square One" (home demo)ThornWatt3:31
8."Two Star" (Harry Robinson's string arrangement demo)WattWatt4:06
9."Missing" (live)ThornWatt7:41
10."Troubled Mind" (live)ThornWatt4:42
11."Two Star" (live)ThornWatt5:23
12."Walking to You" (live)WattWatt3:35
13."25 December" (live)WattWatt4:37
14."Missing" (Chris & James Full On club mix)ThornWatt8:35
15."Missing" (Little Joey remix)ThornWatt5:03
16."Missing" (Ultramarine remix)ThornWatt5:27
17."Missing" (Todd Terry club mix, Ben Watt's 'Blanco-Eternal' radio edit)ThornWatt3:54

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Amplified Heart adapted from liner notes.[12]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheffield, Rob (1 March 2018). "Review: Tracey Thorn's Synth-Pop 'Record' Delivers Sisterly Passion, Wry Wisdom". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Amplified Heart – Everything But the Girl". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Everything but the Girl". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Romero, Michele (29 July 1994). "Amplified Heart". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Rosenbluth, Jean (4 September 1994). "Everything but the Girl, 'Amplified Heart,' Atlantic". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Sherburne, Philip (16 July 2019). "Everything But the Girl: Amplified Heart". Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Sarig, Roni (2004). "Everything but the Girl". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 288–89. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ Crist, Renée (1995). "Everything but the Girl". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 136–37. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  9. ^ "Everything But the Girl". Billboard. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Rosen, Craig (10 February 1996). "Following Success of Oasis, Everything but the Girl, and Others, Britpop Acts Are on Invasion Alert". Billboard. Vol. 108 no. 6. p. 88. Retrieved 2 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "About". EBTG.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Amplified Heart (liner notes). Everything but the Girl. Blanco y Negro Records. 1994. 4509-96482-2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  13. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Moonlight Publishing.
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Everything but the Girl – Amplified Heart" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 2897". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Everything but the Girl – Amplified Heart" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Everything but the Girl – Amplified Heart". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Everything but the Girl Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1996". Billboard. Retrieved 11 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Everything but the Girl – Amplified Heart". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 March 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Amplified Heart in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Everything but the Girl – Amplified Heart". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 23 March 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.