Idlewild (Everything but the Girl album)

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Idlewild
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Studio album by Everything but the Girl
Released 29 February 1988 (1988-02-29)
Recorded Autumn 1987
Studio Livingston Recording Studios, London
Genre Alternative rock
Length 45:17
Label
Producer Ben Watt
Everything but the Girl chronology
Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
(1986)Baby, the Stars Shine Bright1986
Idlewild
(1988)
The Language of Life
(1990)The Language of Life1990
Singles from Idlewild
  1. "These Early Days"
    Released: 1988
  2. "I Always Was Your Girl"
    Released: 1988
  3. "I Don't Want to Talk About It"
    Released: 1988
  4. "Love Is Here Where I Live"
    Released: 1989

Idlewild is the fourth studio album by British musical duo Everything but the Girl. It was released on 29 February 1988 by Blanco y Negro Records and Sire Records.

The album was reissued in 2012 as a remastered two-disc deluxe set by Edsel Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
Mojo 4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork 6.4/10[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10[6]

Idlewild was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Don't Want to Talk About It" Danny Whitten 4:17
2. "Love Is Here Where I Live" 3:55
3. "These Early Days" Thorn 3:50
4. "I Always Was Your Girl"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
4:00
5. "Oxford Street" Thorn 3:21
6. "The Night I Heard Caruso Sing" Watt 2:55
7. "Goodbye Sunday"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
4:00
8. "Shadow on a Harvest Moon" Thorn 3:38
9. "Blue Moon Rose"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:37
10. "Tears All Over Town" Watt 4:35
11. "Lonesome for a Place I Know"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
4:02
12. "Apron Strings"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:07

2012 Edsel Records reissue[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Everything but the Girl
Additional musicians
  • Ian Fraser – tenor saxophone
  • Steve Pearce – bass
  • Damon Butcher – piano, synthesizer
  • James McMillan – trumpet
  • Chucho Merchán – bass on "Lonesome for a Place I Know"
  • Peter King – alto saxophone
Technical
  • Jerry Boys – engineering

Additionally, Geoff Travis, Lindy Morrison and James McMillan are thanked in the liner notes.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[8] 38
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 13

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Idlewild – Everything But the Girl". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ "Everything But the Girl: Idlewild". Mojo. p. 101. This was an album of mature, blue-eyed electronic soul, albeit one where the folk and jazz which scented earlier work still perfumed the air. 
  4. ^ Harvell, Jess (9 July 2012). "Everything But the Girl: Reissues". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Sarig, Roni (2004). "Everything but the Girl". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 288–89. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  7. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5. 
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Everything but the Girl – Idlewild". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Everything but the Girl – Idlewild". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 March 2018.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Idlewild in the search field and then press Enter.