Walking Wounded

Walking Wounded is the ninth studio album by British musical duo Everything but the Girl. It was released on 6 May 1996 by Atlantic Records in the United States and Virgin Records in Europe. The album saw the group adopting a more electronic and dance-based style, following the success of the remixed version of "Missing" from their previous album, Amplified Heart.

Walking Wounded
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Studio album by
Released6 May 1996 (1996-05-06)
Recorded1995
Studio
Genre
Length52:18
Label
Producer
Everything but the Girl chronology
Amplified Heart
(1994)
Walking Wounded
(1996)
Temperamental
(1999)
Singles from Walking Wounded
  1. "Walking Wounded"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Wrong"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Single"
    Released: 1996
  4. "Before Today"
    Released: 1997

Four tracks from the album were released as singles, including the drum and bass-influenced "Walking Wounded" and the house-influenced "Wrong", which became top ten hits on the UK Singles Chart, as well as the downtempo track "Single", which set Tracey Thorn's emotionally direct vocal against breakbeats, organ and strings,[1] and "Before Today".

CompositionEdit

According to Pitchfork's Ruth Saxelby, Walking Wounded draws on downtempo, drum and bass and trip hop music, "compressing the wide open space of those then-nascent sounds into a pop format".[2] AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that the album was informed musically by trip hop and techno, albeit eschewing the "free-form song structures" traditionally associated with those genres.[3] Treble writer Adam Blyweiss viewed it as a refinement of Everything but the Girl's earlier sophisti-pop sound that "replaced many of the duo's acoustics with reasonable digital facsimiles".[4]

Walking Wounded marked a change in the duo's approach to writing songs. Ben Watt produced various instrumental tracks, while Tracey Thorn wrote lyrics after listening to the completed tracks.[5] In producing the tracks, Watt utilized samples from sources such as Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" and Stan Tracey's "Starless and Bible Black".[5] Thorn later recalled: "We really believed in ourselves and that comes across in the sound. We'd finally got to the point where we realised what our strength was: the softness and warmth of my voice against urban beats; the warm and cold, the soft and hard contrast. We got it perfect on this record; it was our pop triumph."[5]

ReleaseEdit

Walking Wounded is the duo's highest-charting album to date, reaching number four in the United Kingdom and number 37 in the United States. By February 1997, it had sold 750,000 copies worldwide, according to Billboard.[6] The album went on to sell over 1,300,000 copies worldwide.[7]

The album's cover art is unusual in that it features the barcode on both the front and back of the album.

Walking Wounded was reissued by Edsel Records as a two-disc deluxe set on 4 September 2015.[8] On 8 November 2019, the album was re-released on vinyl by Buzzin' Fly Records.[9]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Chicago Tribune    [10]
Entertainment WeeklyA[11]
The Guardian     [12]
Mojo     [13]
Music Week     [14]
NME6/10[15]
Pitchfork9.0/10[2]
Rolling Stone     [16]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [17]
Spin9/10[18]

Walking Wounded was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[19]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Before Today"Ben WattWatt4:18
2."Wrong"Tracey ThornWatt4:36
3."Single"ThornWatt4:38
4."The Heart Remains a Child"ThornThorn3:50
5."Walking Wounded"Watt6:05
6."Flipside"WattWatt4:33
7."Big Deal"ThornWatt4:29
8."Mirrorball"ThornWatt3:27
9."Good Cop Bad Cop"ThornWatt4:54
10."Wrong" (Todd Terry remix)ThornWatt4:45
11."Walking Wounded" (Omni Trio remix)Watt
  • Wales
  • Coxon
6:43

PersonnelEdit

Credits for Walking Wounded adapted from liner notes.[20]

ChartsEdit

Chart (1996–97) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 11
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[22] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 43
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[24] 19
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[25] 52
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 48
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 59
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[28] 18
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[29] 40
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30] 18
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[31] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 33
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 4
US Billboard 200[34] 37

CertificationsEdit

Certifications for Walking Wounded
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[35] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Platinum 300,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Press release for 'Single' , September 1996
  2. ^ a b Saxelby, Ruth (3 March 2019). "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Walking Wounded – Everything But the Girl". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  4. ^ Terich, Jeff; Blyweiss, Adam; Bossenger, A. T.; Prickett, Sam (24 April 2014). "10 Essential Sophisti-pop albums". Treble. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Small Town Girl". Record Collector. No. 479. May 2018. p. 64. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Who's Selling Where". Billboard. Vol. 109 no. 8. 22 February 1997. p. 46. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  7. ^ "About". EBTG.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Deluxe Re-Issues of Walking Wounded and Temperamental out Sep 4". EBTG.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded (Vinyl LP)". Unmade Road. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  10. ^ Kot, Greg (30 May 1996). "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded (Atlantic)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  11. ^ Farber, Jim (24 May 1996). "Walking Wounded". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  12. ^ Garratt, Sheryl (10 May 1996). "CD of the week: Everything But the Girl". The Guardian.
  13. ^ Segal, Victoria (February 2020). "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded". Mojo. No. 315. p. 105.
  14. ^ "Reviews" (PDF). Music Week. 27 April 1996. p. 10. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded". NME. 4 May 1996. p. 56.
  16. ^ Hardy, Ernest (13 June 1996). "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Huston, Johnny (July 1996). "Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded". Spin. Vol. 12 no. 4. p. 88. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  19. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  20. ^ Walking Wounded (liner notes). Everything but the Girl. Atlantic Records. 1996. 82912-2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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  23. ^ "Ultratop.be – Everything but the Girl – Walking Wounded" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  24. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 2988". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Everything but the Girl – Walking Wounded" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Lescharts.com – Everything but the Girl – Walking Wounded". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  28. ^ "Charts.nz – Everything but the Girl – Temperamental". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  29. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Everything but the Girl – Walking Wounded". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  30. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  31. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Everything but the Girl – Walking Wounded". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
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  33. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  34. ^ "Everything but the Girl Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  35. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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  37. ^ "British album certifications – Everything but the Girl – Walking Wounded". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 March 2018.