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Like the Deserts Miss the Rain [Bonus Disc]

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The first Everything but the Girl collection to effectively juggle the duo's largely acoustic early recordings and more electronic later work (or to even make the attempt), Like the Deserts Miss the Rain is the perfect place for fans of either period to investigate their full career. Since their musical aesthetic rarely diverted from spare, elegant, melancholy pop (whether the instrumentation was a small group with horn chart or keyboards with beat-heavy rhythms), the disc flows smoothly from their 1996 drum'n'bass version of the Brazilian standard "Corcovado" (from Red Hot + Rio) to 1984's acoustic bossa "Each and Every One" to a Chicane remix of "Before Today." Another nice touch is including Tracey Thorn's best outside appearance -- on Massive Attack's "Protection" -- and a pair of great songs from a 1993 single, including a startlingly effective version of Captain Beefheart's "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains." Similar to 2001's Home Movies collection, Like the Deserts Miss the Rain has a few surprising omissions (nothing from 1988's gorgeous Idlewild?), but does succeed in delivering great material from one of British pop's most talented artists. [Like the Deserts Miss the Rain was also released with a limited-edition bonus disc containing four tracks: the horn-driven ballad "Gun Cupboard Love" from 1984, a smooth and sophisticated version of "Alfie" from 1986, the Clifton remix of their 1990 cover of Womack & Womack's "Take Me," and the acoustic and unusually gritty "Pigeons in the Attic Room" from 1985. Those fans who can't find this version aren't missing much, as the four tracks are not among the group's best.] ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains Everything But the Girl 2:56
  3. 2 Rollercoaster Everything But the Girl 3:14
  4. 3 Corcovado Everything But the Girl 3:54
  5. 4 Each and Every One Everything But the Girl 2:46
  6. 5 Before Today [Chicane Remix] Everything But the Girl 6:16
  7. 6 Mine Everything But the Girl 3:16
  8. 7 Protection Everything But the Girl 7:48
  9. 8 Single [Photek mix] Everything But the Girl 5:14
  10. 9 Tracey in My Room [:azy Dog Bootleg Vocal mix] Everything But the Girl 5:42
  11. 10 Missing [Todd Terry mix] Everything But the Girl 3:53
  12. 11 Almost Blue Everything But the Girl 3:14
  13. 12 No Difference Everything But the Girl 4:22
  14. 13 Cross My Heart Everything But the Girl 3:36
  15. 14 Mirrorball Everything But the Girl 3:25
  16. 15 A Piece of My Mind Everything But the Girl 3:26
  17. 16 Walking Wounded Everything But the Girl 6:7
  18. 1 Gun Cupboard Love Everything But the Girl 2:50
  19. 2 Alfie Everything But the Girl 2:48
  20. 3 Take Me [Clifton Mix] Everything But the Girl 5:4
  21. 4 Pigeons in the Attic Room Everything But the Girl 1:42

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