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Good Humor

Saint Etienne Audio CD
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“When I was ten, I wanted to explore the world.”

Pop begins here.

In a bedroom in the North, the South, the East or the West, softly-lit thanks to the scarf thrown across the lamp – just like Bolan’s, or Bowie’s, or Agnetha’s, or Kylie’s. It comes through headphones black and bulky, or small and cushioned. Down the canal to the drum, the ... Read more in Amazon's Saint Etienne Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00000AGAS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 981,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twice the treat! 17 Jan 2001
By A Customer
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Good Humor is considered by many to be one of Saint Etienne's pure pop moments.
Recorded with the help of Tore Johanssen, known for his work with The Cardigans, this is a veritable feast of retro pop. Containing one of the band's biggest hits, Sylvie and one of the best singles that never happened in Lose That Girl.
A coveted item by many completist fans, this item was previously only available in the US and Australia and now Amazon.co.uk provides something of a treat for those fans who had only dreamed of owning this edition.
Good humor? Good music.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Saint Etienne CD 6 April 2000
By Denmark Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album seems quite different from other Saint Etienne albums in two ways. First, there are no instrumentals or odd "experiment"-like tracks. Instead, ther are 11 pop songs, everyone of which would make a good single. Second, there are less electronic samples and rythyms. Only the first track "Wood Cabin" sounds at all electronic to me. The single "Sylvie" is a great disco sounding song with a beautiful piano intro. "Mr. Donut" is a very pretty slow song. "Goodnight Jack" is also one of my favorites, with a cool ending part, "...She's going to run..." that is different musically from the rest of the song. Overall, this is my favorite Saint Etienne album; I even like it better than the "Too Young To Die" singles collection. However, now for the bad news. Do not, I repeat, do not buy this CD with out the extra CD "Fairfax High". This contains 11 more tracks that are all great too. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I like the extra CD even better than the great regular album. So, do what you have to do to find the out of print two disc version, and pay what you have to pay to get it . Good luck; I'm not selling my copy.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blissful 25 Aug 2004
By eradano - Published on Amazon.com
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having been a fan saint etienne for many years, i've amassed quite a collection of their stuff. in fact, the only frustrating thing about the saints, other than they're lack of touring in the states, is the vast amount of music and remixes that they've released. when this cd was first released in the u.s., it came with a bonus disc. unfortunately, there weren't that many as it was a limited run. so if you are intending to buy this, as it is one of their better albums, you MUST search for the bonus disc edition, even if it means buying it second hand, as many agree that the songs on the bonus disc are better. you'll pay less, because it's used, and even better, you get more saint etienne for your buck. with that said, this album has replaced So Tough as my favorite project by the saints and even though it is their most poppy cd to date, the sounds are entirely blissful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Crisp and clean" 5 Jun 1999
By Liam M Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Just like the Swedish air, as Sarah Cracknell put it. This LP was recorded under the helm of Cardigans producer Tore Johansson, and it shows. The melodies are there. The slick production is there. The nostalgic sense of 50's pop is there. And the songwriting just happens to prove that Saint Etienne knows what they're doing every now and then. "Woodcabin" is poetic in its minimalism. "Goodnight Jack" paints a beautifully dismal picture -- in retro-style, of course. "Erica America" is a triumphant, percussion-lush pop song whose tune is hummed on the way out the door for a fun night out. After a few listens "Good Humor" becomes a soft, pleasant record and still screams that it is sharp as a tack. A keeper.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saint Etienne's best 30 Nov 2002
By Justin Mclaughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is perhaps the most 'traditional' of Saint Etienne's many releases, and by far their best. Their other albums before and since have their strengths and very few weaknesses, but this one is essential. On some of their albums the various influences they throw into the mix don't quite work, but this album is a perfect mix, and the sound that comes out of the blender is completely cohesive. I don't really know how to describe it, but 'international pop' seems like a good phrase. That doesn't describe the sound as much as it does the sensibility. I guess all I can say is that every tune on this album is perfectly conceived and executed, with incredible vocals by Sarah Cracknell, and some really wicked and cutting and touching lyrics. If possible, I recommend hunting down the out-of-print two disc edition, which comes with the CD Fairfax High, which works on its own as a fine album. One of the best albums of the '90s.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Perfection 7 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am usually one quick to find fault with something that everyone raves about. Even many things I like, I know they are flawed and I can see why others dislike them. But I find Good Humour to be absolutely the best album ever and completely flawless. Anyone who does not like it really needs their mental health checked out. I just got this CD back after my friend had it for a couple of years. In that couple of years my tastes have changed a lot and I can't listen to some things I used to like. But this one was not only still good, a fresh listen made me appreciate just how brilliant it is.
Even in the light breeziness of any one song, there is more real emotion than most musicians express . It is cheerful and uplifting to listen to, but anyone that thinks of it as simply light empty bubbly music is really not listening closely enough. Sarah Cracknell's vocals are sweet and innocent, yet mature and knowing all at once, and with a cheeky hint of not taking herself too seriously thrown in. It is so refreshing...I am so tired of hearing mildly talented singer/songwriters who think they put a few words into a tune and we'll all be rivetted.
Though the album has its obvious genre influences, St Etienne still has a sound all of its own. This is not pure retro, but the best styles and sounds of many eras put together in inventive and gorgeous new ways. I have never heard a pop album where the songs stand out from each other this much and don't just blend in, or sound deliberately like the artist is conscious of having to make the songs very different at the expense of a song's quality. Each song has its unique tune, construction and music and each is brilliant.
If you want to hear pop music at its absolute finest, buy this album.
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