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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect,
I saw Saint Etienne live at Leicester Poly in 1992 or 1993, they were awesome (and supported by a then-obscure band called Pulp).
Buy it, love it, chill out.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of indie pop,
This review is from: Foxbase Alpha (Audio CD)I admit it - I was completely suckered by Foxbase Alpha. I loved Only Love Can Break Your Heart and had been waiting for the lp to drop - and what a diverse surprise it was. Their more experimental stuff has aged better than the housey stuff, which is why the bonus disc is such good value. The 5 unreleased demos are just the icing on a very rich cake, including 2 versions of Kiss And Make Up, the brilliant Filthy and the original version of Winter In America (previously known only as a Psychonauts mix on Casino Classics). But the extra tracks complement the original album, which remains a classic of modish cool. It is very much of its time, so it may work better on people who lived it, but this is a very nice definitive deluxe edition type product.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound of summer,
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Improving on a Classic,
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This review is from: Foxbase Alpha (Audio CD)Foxbase Alpha is already a classic album by Saint Etienne. The extra disc of tracks makes it even better. The sound is great and the extra tracks are a motherlode of stuff you would never expect but will certainly enjoy. If you like this, also check out the deluxe edition 2 disc set of Continental which is available right now. The second disc on that set is perhaps better than the first one!
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure summer pop bliss,
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 the most romantic places in the worlds.
The album then carries on at this laid back place, with the 60's pastiche of Spring followed by the funky She's the One and People Get Real.
After the over-long Stoned to Say the Least comes another masterpiece, covered by Kylie Minogue, in Nothing Can Stop Us Now, a camp ode to the joys of being in love, followed by the bizarre Etienne Gonna Die which is a sample of dialogue from a film.
The album enters its final stage with the absolutely beautiful London Belongs to Me, which every Londoner can relate to, describing the feeling that the whole city is smiling upon you and then a superb cover of Kiss and Make Up.
The final two tracks are disappointing but overall the good tracks more than make up for the others and I would urge anybody with romance in their soul to buy this album immediately
9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do you not own this already loser?,
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