Ex-Everything But The Girl singer Tracey Thorn’s new album is an altogether quieter proposition than its predecessor, Out Of The Woods, which flirted with dance sounds. Here, the sound is uniformly softer and more mournful, but it still makes for rewarding listening. Thorn tackles the daily realities of family life ­­­— from awkward teenagers to parental break-ups ­— with wit and empathy. And let’s face it, she could sing the phone book and make it sound engaging.

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