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pure distilled sunshine...,
This review is from: Tales From Turnpike House/Up The Wooden Hills EP (Audio CD)
Like most reviewers of this band's work, on it's release Fox Base Alpha utterly blew me away. So Tough & Tiger Bay (which is breathtaking by the way, an absolute must-have) confirmed this was no fluke, and that the Saints were truly a force in contemporary British music. A dip in form was inevitable, and for me it came with "Good Humour" in 1998. Since then I retreated into the dreamy, comforting childlike mental-state consistently evoked by Tiger Bay and it's forerunners, and as a fresh creative force the Saints drifted off my radar somewhat.
I bought this on the strength of the previous reviews, and nagging curiosity and wonder at the thought of Saint Etienne making a children's record. What a fresh, original (not to mention enchanting) idea! If I could transmit an attitude, an outlook, a vibe and a vision of the world directly into the mind of a small child it would be that of Saint Etienne at their finest, so to find that they'd thought of this already, and done the hard work for me was astounding...
I won't dissect this piece of work as others have, except to say that my own favourites are Milk Bottle Symphony, A Good Thing (Sarah's delicious velvety vocals oozing over a track as crunchy and crisp as fresh lettuce), Stars Above Us, and the (typical) complete curveball that is "Relocate". Magnificent to hear from David Essex who has the perfect voice for this song. Yet again Stanley & Wiggs read my mind without me knowing it...
This is quite simply a beautiful joyous gem of a record.
Please forgive us for ever doubting you, Saints.
I'd like to extend an open invitation to everyone in the world...
Let's build a zoo! and fill it with animals!