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Released: January 1990

Rating: 2.934 (average of 5 ratings)

Genre: pop/jazz

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Album Tracks:

  1. Driving
  2. Get Back Together
  3. Meet Me in the Morning
  4. Me and Bobby D
  5. The Language of Life
  6. Take Me
  7. Imagining America
  8. Letting Love Go
  9. My Baby Don’t Love Me
  10. The Road

Total Running Time: 41:08


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 77
peak on U.K. album chart 10

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Driving (1/27/90) #36 UK, #26 MR
  • Take Me (8/4/90) #30 AC

The Language of Life
Everything But the Girl
“It may have been the logical extension of Everything But the Girl’s ersatz cool jazz approach to finally go all the way by hiring veteran producer Tommy LiPuma and a studio full of fusion stars like Joe Sample (the Crusaders), Russell Ferrante (the Yellowjackets), Michael Brecker, and, finally, Stan Getz, whose early-‘60s albums of Brazilian jazz are a main touchstone for the group. With such firepower, The Language of Life, at least musically, may be the album that Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn have been trying to make from the beginning. But it falls down in its songwriting, largely because of the near-disappearance of Thorn and her edgy lyrics; Watt takes over for a series of so-so love songs. And the bottom of the barrel is hit with a cover of Womack & Womack’s Take Me, intended as an erotic come-on and sounding more like a lullaby” (Ruhlmann).

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previous album: Idlewild (1988)

Last updated January 19, 2009.