Song of the Day, June 2: Angel by Everything But the Girl

EBtGAngelToday’s song is a quiet condemnation of inhumanity. Everything But the Girl’s first album featured quiet jazz-folk with smart introspective lyrics. Many of the songs looked at personal politics, exploring domestic violence, oppressed feminism, and unwanted pregnancy. On their second disc, Love Not Money, the duo expanded their sound into a richer sophistipop, but continued to focus on personal dramas. One departure takes the political tone to a more global level.

Focusing on a homeless girl, Tracey Thorn sings passionately about the way we neglect our fellow humans. Observing “If she were a kitten, someone would take her home,” she wonders at our capacity to turn a blind eye. Quiet but powerful, the track builds over five minutes, with Thorn’s smoldering emotion flaring brighter in each verse.

Show me something more
Than the an honest girl turned thief or wore
Under African sun or Dublin rain
Necessities remain the same

Enjoy this powerful 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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