Walking Wounded

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This is an article about the album by Everything but the Girl, For other uses, see Walking wounded (disambiguation)
Walking Wounded
Everything But the Girl-Walking Wounded (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Everything but the Girl
Released 6 May 1996
Recorded 1995-1996, Little Joey's, Milo, Strongroom, London
Genre
Length 52:18
Label Atlantic (US)
Virgin (Europe)
Producer Ben Watt
Everything but the Girl chronology
Amplified Heart
(1994)
Walking Wounded
(1996)
Temperamental
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
NME 6/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 6.6/10[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[9]
Spin 9/10[10]

Walking Wounded is a 1996 album by Everything but the Girl, their ninth studio release. It is their highest charting album to date, reaching number 4 in the UK and number 37 in the US.

This was the first album in which the group adopted a more electronic and dance style after the success of the remixed version of "Missing" from their previous album, Amplified Heart. The album's cover art (see photo) is unusual in that it features an album's barcode on both the front and back of the album.

Several tracks from the album were released as singles, including 'the cinematic drum 'n' bass-pop crossover' "Walking Wounded" (number 6 on the Top 40), the 'thumping house' "Wrong" (number 8 on the Top 40), and the downtempo "Single" that set Thorn's emotionally direct vocal against breakbeats, organ and strings.[11]

The album was reissued by Edsel Records as a 2-disc deluxe set in 2015.

Legacy[edit]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Ben Watt, lyrics by Tracey Thorn; except where indicated

  1. "Before Today" (Ben Watt) – 4:18
  2. "Wrong" – 4:36
  3. "Single" – 4:38
  4. "The Heart Remains a Child" (Tracey Thorn) – 3:50
  5. "Walking Wounded" (Ben Watt-lyrics & vocal melody; Ashley Wales, John Coxon-music) – 6:05
  6. "Flipside" (Ben Watt) – 4:33
  7. "Big Deal" – 4:29
  8. "Mirrorball" – 3:27
  9. "Good Cop Bad Cop" – 4:54
  10. "Wrong" Todd Terry Remix – 4:45
  11. "Walking Wounded" Omni Trio mix – 6:43

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Walking Wounded – Everything But the Girl". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (30 May 1996). "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded (Atlantic)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Farber, Jim (24 May 1996). "Walking Wounded". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded (Virgin)". The Guardian. 10 May 1996. 
  5. ^ Segal, Victoria (December 2015). "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded". Mojo (265): 103. 
  6. ^ "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded". NME: 56. 4 May 1996. 
  7. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "Everything But The Girl: Walking Wounded". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 21 February 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded". Rolling Stone. 23 December 1996. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 288–89. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  10. ^ Huston, Johnny (July 1996). "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded". Spin. 12 (4): 88. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Press release for 'Single' , September 1996
  12. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.