13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2003
I love this album to bits, it's the greatest collection of songs, samples, humour and feelgood charm I've ever listened to. I listen to all sorts of music from classical and jazz to rock, but still I keep coming back to this album, over and over again.
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
on 23 May 2009
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
on 17 September 2000
Saint Etienne's debut album, now over ten years old, sounds as fresh to me today as it did the first time I heard it. A mixture of Northern Soul tinged dance, atmospheric strings and blissed-out pop, Foxbase Alpha is one of the classic albums of the last fifteen years. From the timeless cover of "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", through the stoned summer groove of "Spring" to the joyful pop of "Nothing Can Stop Us" and the breathtaking "London Belongs To Me", this album oozes quality from start to finish. Even the dark and brooding "Carn't Sleep" and "She's The One" are packed with classic pop moments you'll want to hear again and again - and with the inclusion of the disco-tastic "People Get Real" on the import version, perfection is acheived. Summer just wouldn't be summer without it.
on 1 September 2015
So 24 years later, here I am still listening to Foxbase Alpha. How many other albums from this period do you listen to? Why has this become timeless? I weaves in out of so many genres that you cannot pigeon hole it into any singular category. There are balearic grooves, 70's wistful folk, experimental interludes, elements of C86 guitar pop littered through this album. The extra bonus disc just adds to the whole collection.
When listening to Foxbase Alpha, I'm taken on a journey from the clubs to pastoral fields in the summer.....
on 27 June 2015
Simply put...the only band that will change your definition of "pop music" This is a timeless, classic and utterly unforgettable album that summed up the 90's. The fact that the deluxe version comes with Filthy, a song so ahead of its time it's kinda scary, makes this the best purchase for ANY worthy music lover out there! I love St Etiene more than i love Massive Attack. And that says something!
on 10 July 2015
Never sure why they've been classified as a dance band, but it all starts here. The Deluxe edition is worth the additional outlay.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2009
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!
on 4 September 2014
A nineties classic album on vinyl. Thank you!
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 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 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
on 30 June 2015
Nice not mega.