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Sound Of Water

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 (22 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mantra
  • ASIN: B00004SDQ7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Late Morning
2. Heart Failed (In the Back of a Taxi)
3. Sycamore
4. Don't Back Down
5. Just a Little Overcome
6. Boy Is Crying
7. Aspects of Lambert
8. Downey CA
9. How We Used to Live
10. The Place at Dawn

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St. Etienne remain one of the most intelligent, pop literate acts around. Their previous album, 1998's Good Humour, found them breaking with their own conventions by dropping samples and effects in favour of real musicians. However, Sound Of Water sees them blending the two with immaculate good taste: strings and woodwind (arrangements by the High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan) sit alongside bubbling keyboards and quietly throbbing beats while guitars (courtesy of Doves' Jez Williams) rub up against buzzing synths. German electronic pioneers To Rococo Rot chip in with some minimalist, arty arrangements but only in the context of some beautifully sculpted songs. And what songs: "Sycamore", "Don't Back Down", "Downey CA" all swell with the sort of lush, gossamer melodies that breeze through your consciousness like a warm breeze through a curtain. Sarah Cracknell sounds like she's going to expire at any moment, while Wiggs and Stanley breathe life into every musical phrase. --Mike Pattenden

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How POP MUSIC should be !! 21 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Sound of Water" is one of those sweet records that will haunt you by its beauty ; this is the perfect album to bring sunshine into your heart and fresh green grass under your feet !
The music is downbeat: true... but full of nostalgia,innocence, atmosphere and romance all cooked up in sweet electronica pop .
"Late Morning" the first song is a great intro to settle the whole mood of the album with its only chorus "lalalala la la la" repeated over and over with backing vocals ; so simple but so dreamy !!!
"Heart Failed in the Back of a Taxi" is a gorgeous dark pop electro song that has a Pet Shop Boys' intelligence in it ...
"Don't Back Down" has a 70s' disco sound merged with the smoothness of Sarah Cracknell's voice in a very lovely way .
"Just a Little Overcome" is a track that will make your heart melt with Sarah's fragile and intimate voice . This song is a breezy gentle ride that will mark you in a very romantic way !!
"How We Used To Live" is a masterpiece beast : over 9 minutes that describe a journey where any listener to this track can find his personnal and inner fantastic place !!! you will get shivers in the middle of this song ...shivers that will make you SAIL AWAY !!!!
"Place at Dawn" the final track is instrumental, like the first one, very simple in structure but very accurate in suggesting a scene of dawn to the listener and end this album beautifully as it started .
This album will lift you up and bring you down... but in both ways it will be the sweetest ride that a band can offer you through your earphones !! so enjoy !!! Lee-Marie S.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Response 31 May 2000
Format:Audio CD
How many groups are still this good, this artful, this catchy after 9 years? The To Rococo Rot/Sean O'Hagen augmented sound is perfect for St.E. It is as if the year is 2010 and the universe has changed so that short, clean, artful pop paintings (um songs)can be popular. The glorius Sarah Cracknell seems to have aged in skill but gotten younger in tone. "The way we used to live" and "Sycamore" show them operating at such a high level that tolerance for most other bands is impossible. "Heart Failed" displays a compact jungle-like beat that is new to my ears, like many of the sounds on this album. Complaints? The opening track is boring "Places to Visit" type material and "Boy is Crying" isn't where St.E ought to be. To close: you can find an exciting new girl/boy-friend or buy this CD... same feeling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Saint Etienne album... 14 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
...though I'm told that says more about me than the music. Certainly this is a far more minimalist, less kitschy effort than all of their other albums; there's a much more "electronic" feel to a lot of the pieces. That's not to imply that it's cold and soulless, or "full of annoying bleeps" as one of the reviewers below has it; this is a really beautiful record and there are some cracking, heartfelt songs on here. There are plenty of moments of sheer fragile loveliness (Late Morning, Sycamore, Just A Little Overcome), some fine semi-pop songs (Don't Back Down, Heart Failed, Boy Is Crying) and the superb 9-minutes-plus How We Used To Live, which always struck me as a bit of an oddity as a single but which fits absolutely perfectly here. This is a wonderful record and I can't recommend it highly enough. A lot of thought clearly went into maintaining a constant "atmosphere" for the album, as some other good material was omitted so as not to ruin the flow; there's a B-sides/odds and sods disc, "Interlude", knocking around which contains the cut stuff and is also well worth picking up. Anyway, this is great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Etienne back to what they do best ! 2 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The albums title is Sound Of Water, and well it lives up to its title, it sounds like water. There's lot's of piano fragments that give it the watery / icey edge, theres also tons of flutes. It picks up where Half Timbered left off on the Places To Visit EP. Heart Failed is a stab at the commercial world of music. Selling your fans and families, what an unpleasent thing to do. Don't Back Down is one of the best things the band has ever done. Sweeping string arangements and spoken verses, surely its destained to be a single. Boy Is Crying see's them return to there more familer 60's sound, How We Used To Live has been descibed as Avenue part 2. In a way it is, all three parts of it. The middle and last part being the best. The album finishes with the instrumental Place At Dawn, a short guitar piece to send you sleep. All in all it is one of there best pieces of work to date. So Tough in sprit and Tigar Bay in sound. If your new to Etienne I'd recommend this as a good starting block, the more you listen to it the more it grows. Eventually you buy the rest of there back catalogue, like I did after buying To Young To Die.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Understated Loveliness 31 Jan 2006
By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent Sunday morning record. All the hallmark Saint Etienne sounds are here but that is not a criticism. A record where the band are at their most pensive and producing some fairly emotional and thoughtful tracks. There is also some rather nice sequencing and mood generation emerging througout the record.
Best tracks in my opinion are 'Heart Failed', 'Don't back down' and 'How we used to live' but I can't really fault any of them. Recommended for the half-way mood days when you're neither up or down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intersesting
Pleasant surprise, most enjoyable album. First listen to these people and will investigate their other music at a later date. Recommended purchase.
Published 11 months ago by Keiran McAllister
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly innocuous
Yes, it's true that this album isn't exactly memorable or toe-tapping. But I like it anyway.

Sound of Water is very laid-back, ambient stuff, quite different from other... Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Ann O'Nymous
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Saint Etienne record
it is also easily one of the best records ever made and the bonus tracks are almost up to the same standard as the original album - but why no Boy Is Crying remix? Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2009 by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I Love Sarah Cracknell
I was a fan of Saint Etienne when their debut, Fox Base Alpha came out but drifted away as they flirted with 60s British pop. But I gave Sound of Water a listen and was blown away. Read more
Published on 30 July 2005 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars what the?
not exactly what saint etienne usually sound like.i still dont like this album and ive owned it for years.i can only sing the words to 2 songs and the rest are just dull. Read more
Published on 21 July 2005 by D.A.C
2.0 out of 5 stars Good times? Nah.
Shortly, this is their most boring to date. (I have only listened to it a couple of times, so it might grow, but still, not a single song that I find "catchy". Too slow for a St. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2004 by L. Nilsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius from a fantastic group
If you know and love Saint Etienne, then this album is a must. If you don't know them yet, then this is a good place to start. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars growing up in public
I guess St Etienne are about my age, and like me it seems as if they've grown out of the retrokitsch irony that attracted me to them in the first place. Read more
Published on 15 July 2000 by
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of Rococorot
Rococorot have a lot to answer for.Where are the tunes, the lyrics,the sexiness of the previous albums? Every other St. Read more
Published on 26 May 2000 by R. BROOMFIELD
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