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Excellent 'Concept' Album,
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This review is from: Tales From Turnpike House/Up The Wooden Hills EP (Audio CD)
I know the words 'concept album' will probably strike fear into the heart of many music fans but this is no ego-project!
The record dips into the personalities, lives and hopes of the inhabitants of the 'Turnpike House'. The songs are thoroughly involving and manage to convey a great deal of atmosphere and information in a short period of time. Saint Etienne also avoid losing melodic quality for the purpose of continuity and in my opinion there are some of the bands best songs included in the set.
Particular highlights are 'Milk bottle symphony', 'Slow down at the castle', 'Relocate' and 'Teenage Winter'. Basically it's a beautifully crafted record avoiding the pitfalls of pretentiousness and whimsy. This may be their masterpiece. We shall see!