"I walk the city late at night" are the first words on EBTG's TEMPERAMENTAL, and the song continues, "I want to be the things I see." These are not the usual sentiments of new parents in their mid 30s. Of course, Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt probably aren't your average parents. Instead of cocooning, Thorn and Watt are investing themselves more deeply in urban rhythms, picking up steam from their 1996 release, WALKING WOUNDED. In contrast to the drum-'n'- bass chatter that underpinned several tracks on WALKING, the strident yet muffled beats and galloping tempos of deep house are the foundation for much of TEMPERAMENTAL. The lyrics have changed as well. Instead of conveying a story, they are more likely to flesh out aspects of a mood. "Low Tide of the Night" works like a series of snapshots, starting with this familiar scene: "I've been avoiding things/ The phone rings/ [pause]/ I use the answerphone." EBTG have shifted from the elegantly austere music of the '80s to the visceral energy of DJ music, and they've adapted their songwriting to match. In doing so, they're making urban music that is also urbane.