Album Review: Tracey Thorn — ‘Love and its Opposite’

May 8, 2010 Updated: September 29, 2015

(Strange Feeling)
(Strange Feeling)
Strains of a not-to-be-faulted Carole King-like voice sing through this interesting concept album. Beautiful strings provide a curious mismatch with detached lyrics, which comment on the loss of meaning afflicting everyday life. The songs’ seemingly shallow protagonists fail to grasp any kind of proper understanding of the experiences of (usually failed) relationships, womanhood, marriage, and divorce. Not until track five, "Why Does the Wind?," is there some sort of depth and a feel that can be related to. What’s never in doubt, though, is Ms. Thorn’s vocal quality, which is even as lovely as that of Karen Carpenter or Fleetwood Mac’s “Christine Perfect.”