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- Released: September 26, 1988
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Universal I.S.
- 1.Flowers in Our Hair
- 2.Gypsy Dance
- 3.In the Clouds
- 4.Martha's Harbour
- 5.Every Angel
- 6.Like Emily - (bonus track)
- 7.Shelter From the Rain
- 8.She Moves Through the Fair
- 9.Wild Hearted Woman
- 10.Never Promise (Anyone Forever)
- 11.Apple Tree Man - (bonus track)
- 12.What Kind of Fool
- 13.In the Meadow
- 14.Lady Moonlight - (bonus track)
To label (in any way) the self-titled debut from All About Eve "goth" is a perfect example of how loosely the term was being thrown around in the mid- to late '80s in England. Sure, the Eves had a bit of goth cred (touring with the Mission, early singles that sounded a lot like Siouxsie), but All About Eve is more folksy than menacing, and follows the tradition of later-era Fairport Convention more than Bauhaus or the Sisters of Mercy. The band had already developed its more folksy sound on its independently released singles, but with Paul Samwell-Smith producing, All About Eve graduated from quasi-Siouxsie clones into a full-blown example of late-'80s "goth pop." Steeped in folksy melodies and hippie-esque lyrics, All About Eve can seem a bit dramatic and drippy, but it makes up for its faults with solid song arrangements and a glossy production that fits the band's melodic sensibilities and polished guitar work. While it may not be part of the pantheon of rock as a whole, All About Eve stands out as a prime example of a time in English pop music when things weren't quite certain. ~ Chris True
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