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Tracey Thorn Out of the Woods

Tracey Thorn seems nostalgic for Britain's melancholic new wave. And who can blame her? As the boisterous glare of Lily Allen & Co. takes over British pop, the subtle balladeer that Thorn represented in Everything But The Girl has slipped even deeper into the shadows. Thorn's new disc-which includes production and writing help from Ewan Pearson, Metro Area's Darshan Jesrani, and others-proves there's plenty of room for both. With warm electro and synth-pop sounds and EBTG-esque house beats, the disc shimmers with lamentation and shines with regret: A masterwork of forging beautiful pop from England's permanent sense of woe.

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