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So Tough ~ Saint Etienne
So Tough ~ Saint Etienne
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
So Tough is Saint Etienne's second studion album and was in a similar vein to Foxbase Alpha. With its use of quirky samples of dialogue mixed with 60's style pop and offbeat electronica it remains one of the most original albums of the 1990's.
From the gratutious name checking of Mario's Cafe through the perfect pop of You're in a Bad Way to the melancholy Hobart Paving, this album will not leave your CD player for a long time.
Buy it and don't look back.
Foxbase Alpha: (Extra Track) ~ Saint Etienne
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure summer pop bliss, 24 July 2001
Foxbase Alpha is possibly one of the most uplifting ablubs I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. It seems to have been designed for the purpose of lying back and chilling to on a beautiful summers day and prefably with a lover in your arms.
The intro track brings the album to life and is followed by Only Love Can Break Your Heart, breaking the rule that covers are inferior to originals.
There then follows another interlude and then Carnt Sleep, a melancholy tune that is one of the weaker tracks on the album. However, the following track Girl VII is absolutely stunning, drawing influences from Vogue, with the list of places turning banal London suburbs and far flung towns into… Read more
Radiator ~ Super Furry Animals
Radiator ~ Super Furry Animals
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Radiator is one of the greatest albums ever made. Its clever mix of styles, from beach boy style harmonies through melancholy techno and enervating punk will leave you amazed.
Gruff's voice sounds perfect for the songs and Cian's clever use of electronic effects makes the Super Furry Animals stand way above any of their immediate contemporaries.
There are no bad tracks here, but pay special attention to International Language of Screaming with Gruff taking this title literally towards the end of the song and Play it Cool is more laid back than a very relaxed limbo dancer of holiday.
However, possibly the finest track is Hermann loves Pauline, with mad lyrics about Einstein,… Read more