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SAINT ETIENNE - Good Humor 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
  • Format: CD
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B0000087ZQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The British pop trios 1998 & fourth studio outing. 11tracks, including the singles Sylvie and The BadPhotographer. 1998 Creation Records release.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
Saint Etienne have weaved an evocative pop spell on this album, which shuns sampling and excessive electronica in favour of earthy instrumentation and the odd bit of trip hop.
It is a truly gorgeous listen, with Sarah Cracknell's elegant vocals being complemented beautifully by lush flutes, guitars, drums and piano.
The piano opening on Sylvie would have Abba wincing with jealousy, it really is that brilliant. It then kicks in with powerful drums and lyrics that tell a story of grown-up sibling rivalry.
There is a bit of a Cardigans vibe at times and a real sense of nostalgic magic shimmering over the songs, most of which could easily be singles.
Your record collection is empty without this little gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 25 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
Saint Etienne are a salutary reminder of the exalted pleasures that pop music can afford. This is attested to by the flowery, pretentious sleeve notes which sometimes accompany their albums (like Julie Burchill's OTT blurb on Too Young To Die). But their music is so fantastic it seems to demand that it gets written about in such inflated terms. Listening to Saint Etienne is the sound of summer, of candy floss, of nostalgic retro-chic. But their music is far more than just clever pastiche. Their songs are melodic, moving and always well-crafted. Good Humor may well be their best album of all.

The album goes for a straight-ahead pop sound- there are little in the way of the clubby rhythms which characterised Foxbase Alpha or Tiger bay, although the opener Woodcabin's slinky bassline, and the breakbeat in the middle of Goodnight Jack both tip a nod to the dance-crazy period of the mid-90s. Otherwise it's just classic pop all the way. Sarah coos away gorgeously (what red-blooded man wouldn't want her whispering in his ear at night?), and the arrangements are lush but never overly complicated. There isn't a single weak track, although my favourites are the breezy Split-Screen (with its parping Bacharach-style horns), the sumptuous, filmic melancholy of Postman, and the unashamed kitsch-pop of The Bad Photographer, whose ridiculously catchy chorus (##"All for yo-ou-ouuuu"##) will have you singing along with glee.

I can't really recommend this album highly enough- Saint Etienne are up there in the pantheon of Pop with Abba, The Beach Boys and others, and Good Humor is about as good as they've ever done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lord_seagrave@totalise.co.uk on 30 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
A charming offering from a fine band. Intelligent, superficially light sounds, with depth both lyrically and musically. The witty conudrum that is St Etienne just keeps getting better, though still retaining within their sights the cool singularity that they strove for in earlier work.
Each track on this is a solid, tuneful piece of work that never sacrifices narrative at the expense of a cheap rhyme, nor melody for the sake of conservative progression. The individualism shines through in all the numbers, unafraid to meet the listener intellectually alongside the unashamed musicality. There are delightfully poetic moments to be gleaned from all the songs, but especially 'Sylvie' and 'Lose That Girl'. Brilliance characterised by lucidity of texture and clarity of diction.
The solitary criticism of 'Good Humour' is its (albeit typical) limitation of stylistic range, which I felt, as with earlier albums, narrows the scope of enjoyment as a whole. More variation of texture is required between tracks for concentrated listening at once, though familiarity enhances the appreciation after soon time.
This is a charming album in its most literal sense and a job well done.
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By Jonathon Hawkes on 18 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
A band that often divide opinion, Saint Etienne create the perfect mix of indie cool and glorious pop sensibilty on this, their fourth LP. Abandoning somewhat, the dance music focus of their previous LP's, this record draws on the Bacharach 60's pop that they clearly hold dear. 'Split Screen' is possibly the greatest pop tune of any group in the 90's, 'Lose that Girl' oozes effortless pop class. A band whose back catlouge is long and varied, this is probably the best place to start. A sound distilled into 44 magnificant minutes.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chrischev@hotmail.com on 22 Mar 2000
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By far and away the best thing the Cracknall and co. have put out to date. An eclectic mix of ambient percussion, melodic lyrics and rocking drumb beats, every track is very strong and each could be released as a single in its own right. Erica America is my personal favourite and I would urge lovers of fine contempory music to buy this album.
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