Tracey Thorn's album is released next week in the UK. As far as I - and many others- are concerned, this is probably the biggest musical event of 2007. My life would so much less if EBTG had not existed. This week Tracey gave a great interview with The Telegraph. Did you know, for instance, that the new single, It's All True, is her first attempt at an unabashed love song for partner Ben Watt? Or that her children are named Jean, Alfie and Blake? I urge you to read all of it, but below is a quote that stood out to me.
Tracey Thorn on her relationship with Ben Watt:
There is no magic fairy dust that you can sprinkle,’ Thorn says when I ask their secret. ‘The longer you’ve been together, the more you learn that the bad bits go around, and the good bits come back again. But if you give up too quickly, you don’t get back to the good point again. Replacing a person with someone new is great for six months, but after that I suspect it’s not that different. Everyone has their faults. There will be things that you clash about, they’re just different things. So you give up one set of problems for a different set.’
Wise woman. One thing to note: at the end of the article Tracey says she will record another record. This one is not a fluke!
More reading: 1) The blog on her myspace, which is usually pretty funny. She's also streaming a few more album tracks there now. 2) A Q&A at Monsters and Critics.