Song of the Day, October 29: Never Could Have Been Worse by Everything But the Girl

EBTGNeverWorseToday’s song is Never Could Have Been Worse by Everything But the Girl. The duo recorded it as a B-side to their first single, Each and Every One and later included it on their eponymous U.S. debut album. It’s a haunting track about domestic violence, narrated by an outside observer who describes the scenes with detached horror. The stripped down sound — typical of their early work — is perfect for the harsh vignettes. Tracey Thorn is in fine voice, with her pure near-whisper echoing in the spare music. An eerie guitar figure and steadily ticking drum line move the story forward, grimly inexorable.

Enjoy this haunting song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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