Confident that they were still songwriters and not beat junkies, singer Tracey Thorn and multi-instrumentalist-arranger Ben Watt let dance floor artists Todd Terry and Spring Heel Jack take them into the middle-'90s. They aided and abetted the duo on "Walking Wounded" (1996) -- a record that utilized rather than aped house music. The triumph, though, was all Watt's -- his song arrangements stood solid among the new, sophisticated sounds. But three years after being labeled sophisticated rather than shameless, EBTG has lost its good judgment and gives up too much in order to swing with Madonna. The beats are too quick and thick now, forcing Thorn's voice underneath and between the mix, marginalizing the power and delivery she had achieved on "Wounded. Temperamental" leaves EBTG looking more like cynical opportunists than sophisticated troubadours.
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