Originally released on 4 June 1984 on Blanco y Negro Records, Eden was British duo Everything But The Girls debut studio album, produced by Robin Millar (Sade, Fine Young Cannibals).
This reissue, now coming out on the bands own Buzzin Fly label, has been remastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road.
Everything but the Girl hit the ground running with their first album, Eden; in some ways, they wouldn't equal the effort again for years. Though both Tracy Thorn and Ben Watt learned how to use their voices to better effect over the years, their vocal talents are evident here. Singing over a gentle, tropical-toned combo, Thorn sounds strong and free, and, when the occasion calls for it, vulnerable. Watt may be a little melodramatic on 'Tender Blue', but the affecting 'Soft Touch' more than makes up for it. Meanwhile, 'Another Bridge' presages 'Me and Bobby D' (from The Language of Life); 'The Dustbowl' succinctly captures a post-break-up reflection with only a modicum of regret; 'Frost and Fire' reaches out from daughter to mother; and 'I Must Confess' neatly sambas its way out of a finished relationship. Mature, intelligent, and unflinchingly romantic, it ranks among Everything but the Girl's best work.