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(1991 – present)

Eg & Alice was the proverbial enigma wrapped in a mystery of the early ’90s British music scene, not only because its musical sensibility stood at such odds with the rest of its Britpop peers but also because the duo either avoided or retreated from the spotlight at every step along its career path. Nevertheless, Eg & Alice’s lone effort, 24 Years of Hunger, stands as one of the finest, most refined and fully realized recordings of the era, employing a much more sophisticated and romantic style than anything else out of England at the time.

Eg White began his musical career in the early boy-band Brother Beyond, a quartet whose music, much of it written or co-written by White, transcended the typical genre fare due to its lushness and mixture of elements from jazz and Motown soul. The band once threatened to become “the band of the year in ‘88,” and while it never did gain that measure of recognition, Brother Beyond did have a sizable following in its native England following a solid debut album, Get Even, fashioned by the enormously successful commercial production team Stock-Aitken-Waterman. The quartet went on to release a second album (Trust), at which point it was already in the throes of breakup. White retreated to his Notting Hill home with brother David (also a member of the band) and continued to write songs. In 1991, he teamed up with former London club kid Alice Temple and the pair recorded, mostly on their own and in White’s kitchen, a debut album for Warner, 24 Years of Hunger.

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  • chillibunter

    Nice lady- i chatted to her on Youtube- really friendly

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • JCRM

    Absolutely stunning record indeed and I second the praise for Eg's solo album too.

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • FlorentineJon

    This should be regarded as the essential album of the 90s. Instead, no-one's ever heard of it. Such a shame.

    9 Dec 2009 Reply
  • phonefreakhoney

    Such a wonderful album.

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • simonwds

    One of the greatest albums ever made by anybody, ever. No hyperbole, just the truth. What a waste.

    7 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SoloBassSteve

    Indeed, what a spectacularly great record. Eg's solo record is pretty damned fine too...

    11 Feb 2008 Reply
  • nadiaattura

    the album sounds as fresh as it did in 91, awesome, shame they never did another album

    22 Jan 2008 Reply
  • hijamiefans

    These guys are fantastic - I never get tired of their album.

    26 Aug 2007 Reply