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Idlewild (Everything but the Girl album)

Idlewild is the fourth studio album by British musical duo Everything but the Girl. It was released on 29 February 1988 by Blanco y Negro Records and Sire Records.

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Studio album by
Released29 February 1988 (1988-02-29)
RecordedAutumn 1987
StudioLivingston Recording Studios, London
ProducerBen Watt
Everything but the Girl chronology
Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
The Language of Life
Singles from Idlewild
  1. "These Early Days"
    Released: 1988
  2. "I Always Was Your Girl"
    Released: 1988
  3. "I Don't Want to Talk About It"
    Released: 1988
  4. "Love Is Here Where I Live"
    Released: 1989

The album was reissued in 2012 as a remastered two-disc deluxe set by Edsel Records.


Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [3]
Mojo     [4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[7]

Idlewild was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[8]

Track listingEdit

1."I Don't Want to Talk About It"Danny Whitten4:17
2."Love Is Here Where I Live"3:55
3."These Early Days"Thorn3:50
4."I Always Was Your Girl"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
5."Oxford Street"Thorn3:21
6."The Night I Heard Caruso Sing"Watt2:55
7."Goodbye Sunday"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
8."Shadow on a Harvest Moon"Thorn3:38
9."Blue Moon Rose"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
10."Tears All Over Town"Watt4:35
11."Lonesome for a Place I Know"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
12."Apron Strings"
  • Thorn
  • Watt

2012 Edsel Records reissueEdit


Everything but the Girl
Additional musicians
  • Ian Fraser – tenor saxophone
  • Steve Pearce – bass
  • Damon Butcher – piano, synthesizer
  • James McMillan – trumpet
  • Chucho Merchán – bass on "Lonesome for a Place I Know"
  • Peter King – alto saxophone
  • Jerry Boys – engineering

Additionally, Geoff Travis, Lindy Morrison and James McMillan are thanked in the liner notes.


Chart (1988) Peak
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[9] 38
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 13


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Top 15 Sophisti-Pop Albums". 20 August 2018.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Idlewild – Everything But the Girl". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ "Everything But the Girl: Idlewild". Mojo. p. 101. This was an album of mature, blue-eyed electronic soul, albeit one where the folk and jazz which scented earlier work still perfumed the air. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ Harvell, Jess (9 July 2012). "Everything But the Girl: Reissues". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  6. ^ Sarig, Roni (2004). "Everything but the Girl". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 288–89. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  8. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.
  9. ^ " – Everything but the Girl – Idlewild". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  11. ^ "British album certifications – Everything but the Girl – Idlewild". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 March 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Idlewild in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.