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My favourite Saint Etienne album...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Sound Of Water (Audio CD)
...though I'm told that says more about me than the music. Certainly this is a far more minimalist, less kitschy effort than all of their other albums; there's a much more "electronic" feel to a lot of the pieces. That's not to imply that it's cold and soulless, or "full of annoying bleeps" as one of the reviewers below has it; this is a really beautiful record and there are some cracking, heartfelt songs on here. There are plenty of moments of sheer fragile loveliness (Late Morning, Sycamore, Just A Little Overcome), some fine semi-pop songs (Don't Back Down, Heart Failed, Boy Is Crying) and the superb 9-minutes-plus How We Used To Live, which always struck me as a bit of an oddity as a single but which fits absolutely perfectly here. This is a wonderful record and I can't recommend it highly enough. A lot of thought clearly went into maintaining a constant "atmosphere" for the album, as some other good material was omitted so as not to ruin the flow; there's a B-sides/odds and sods disc, "Interlude", knocking around which contains the cut stuff and is also well worth picking up. Anyway, this is great.