"Is this cheating on Tracey? I dunno," Ben Watt asked. He felt a little funny performing Everything But the Girl's "25th December" in Los Angeles a few weeks ago without his wife and creative partner, but the moment of intercession and a throwback tune were just what the crowded desired. "I wrote it, for Chrissakes," he laughed, before singing one of his most memorable lines ("Have I enough time, have I just some time, to revisit, to go back, to return, to open my mouth again, and say something different this time?")
Watt and Tracey Thorn made up the duo that brought a soft revolution to British pop in the 1980s and 1990s with the jazz, folk, and electronic inflections of hits such as "Driving" and "Missing." If Thorn's voice is EBTG's subtle siren, then Watt's words and music are its plainly beating heart.