The Language of Life

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It may have been the logical extension of Everything But The Girl's ersatz cool jazz approach to finally go all the way by hiring veteran producer Tommy LiPuma and a studio full of fusion stars like Joe Sample the Crusaders, Russell Ferrante the Yellowjackets, Michael Brecker, and, finally, Stan Getz, whose early '60s albums of Brazilian jazz are a main touchstone for the group. With such firepower, The Language of Life, at least musically, may be the album that Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn have been trying to make from the beginning. But it falls down in its songwriting, largely because of the near-disappearance of Thorn and her edgy lyrics. The title song, with its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It may have been the logical extension of Everything But The Girl's ersatz cool jazz approach to finally go all the way by hiring veteran producer Tommy LiPuma and a studio full of fusion stars like Joe Sample the Crusaders, Russell Ferrante the Yellowjackets, Michael Brecker, and, finally, Stan Getz, whose early '60s albums of Brazilian jazz are a main touchstone for the group. With such firepower, The Language of Life, at least musically, may be the album that Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn have been trying to make from the beginning. But it falls down in its songwriting, largely because of the near-disappearance of Thorn and her edgy lyrics. The title song, with its criticism of uncommunicative men, and "Me and Bobby D," with its name-dropping debunking of some famous roues, are the kind of thing we expect from her, but elsewhere Watt takes over for a series of so-so love songs. And the bottom of the barrel is hit with a cover of Womack And Womack's "Take Me," intended as an erotic come-on and sounding more like a lullaby.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2006
  • Label: Teichiku Japan
  • EAN: 4988004102141
  • Catalog Number: 24385

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Driving (3:57)
  2. 2 Get Back Together (3:55)
  3. 3 Meet Me In The Morning (3:49)
  4. 4 Me and Bobby D (4:09)
  5. 5 The Language of Life (4:01)
  6. 6 Take Me (4:08)
  7. 7 Imagining America (4:58)
  8. 8 Letting Love Go (4:45)
  9. 9 My Baby Don't Love Me (3:40)
  10. 10 The Road (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Everything But the Girl Primary Artist
Larry Williams Synthesizer, Piano
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Omar Hakim Drums
John Patitucci Bass Guitar
Joe Sample Piano
Tracey Thorn Vocals, Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Russell Ferrante Piano
Jerry Hey Flugelhorn
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Ben Watt Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Kirk Whalum Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Tommy LiPuma Producer
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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    One Of My Favorite Albums

    Reading the review posted for this album, I'm reminded of how often critiques comment on nuances and forget the simple pleasure found in listening to music you really love. Me, I love this album - it moves me in different ways depending on the moment. It's my friend: a salve in tough moments and a pick-me-up when I'm ready to dance through my day. If you have a moment, give a listen...you may find a new musical friend!

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