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Too Young to Die

Saint Etienne Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 Nov 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Creation
  • ASIN: B000024K08
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,015,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disco for broken hearts 23 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Saint Etienne defined the '90s. From the sublime (Only Love can Break Your Heart), to the ridiculous (I was born on Christmas day), this was a group that epitomised the decade's cuckoo attitude to preceding decades, mixing '50s cool, carefree '60s, hedonistic '70s, '80s naff, and '90s beats in a brew of heady ... something or other; it wasn't pop, but it appealed to teenies; it wasn't indie- it was too stylish; it wasn't House- it was more substantial; it wasn't rock- it had synthesisers. It was, however, unique. Join Our Club became their, our, song; we got it , and no-one else did. You're In a bad Way, two/three years before the advent of Britpop, slammed doleful grunge and slothful indie; it was, dammit, fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Too young to die" - Saint Etienne 7 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Too young to die" is an inspirational collection showcasing all of Saint Etienne's output whilst signed to the Heavenly imprint. An utter joy from beginning to end, the album opens with the heartrending balearic classic "Only love can break your heart". Amazingly, this pioneering track was produced way back in 1990 yet hardly shows its age at all. Featuring vocals by Moira Lambert, it was Andrew Weatherall's epic 'a mix of two halves' which propelled this pop/dance/ambient hybrid into the public consciousness. Next up is the equally magical "Kiss and make up". Featuring a different vocalist this time, "Kiss and make up" perfectly encapsulates the evolving britpop sound of the early '90s, in fact it doesn't sound too dissimilar to those other early '90s pseudo electronic innovators One Dove, helmed by Andrew Weatherall and the enduring Dot Allison. The third track to be featured on the album is the distinctly more poppy "Nothing can stop us", which reaks of '90s nostalgia and does sound a tad dated in comparison to the previous two classic tracks. The stratosphere-cruising "Join our club" is up next, a genre straddling affair which walks a fine line between dance music and pop-indie. Unfortunately "Join our club" sounds a tad dated now, but let us not forget that it was actually produced in 1991 and sounded and indeed was hugely innovative for that era. "People get real" and "Avenue" are the fifth and sixth tracks on the album respectively, the latter a more downtempo and moody affair, the former harking back to the days of "Only love can break your heart", St. Et's debut production. The classic "You're in bad way" is up next and remains a delight thirteen years after its release. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars St Etienne - Too Young To Die: Singles 1990-1995 31 Mar 2011
By Andrew
Format:Audio CD
An excellent collection of early nineties pop. Sarah Cracknell has a very listenable voice. I particularly like her duet with The Charlatan's Tim Burgess 'I Was Born On Christmas Day'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great, great record. 1 Feb 2010
By John H.
Format:Audio CD
I bought this record on the strength of one of my friends' recommendations. I knew nothing about the band. It is a great, great collection of songs. The above two reviewers are completely correct- there is a very successful blend of styles here. The members of St Etienne know how to create songs- this is a rare skill but these guys have got it by the shed load. There is real craft in there. The really marvellous melodies are perfect for the girl's (great) voice. The surprise is that this is a "collection" because these songs really fit together. The end product is almost like a film score.

I am listening to it now ..... "I heard you drove the silvery sports car .......".

Marvellous. Really marvellous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 3 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this on a whim, and was amazed that I remembered so many of their songs (having never bought an album before) but more than that just how bloody brilliant they were (are), it is simply infectious. It has been on constant play as I sit working.

So anyone with a hankering for a good song, a lovely voice and gentle melodious rhythms - you need this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection 11 Jan 2014
By MarkN
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A really great set of Saint Etienne's songs and lovely to listen to. I would recommend this for anyone's collection.
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