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Tales From Turnpike House/Up The Wooden Hills EP Limited Edition
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ST ETIENNE Tales From Turnpike House (2005 UK limited edition 2-disc set comprising of 12-track CD album featuring a sublime collection of songs about life on a council estate through the eyes of its inhabitants plus the Bonus 6-track CD including songs aimed at the children of their fans housed in the sealed & stickered card picture slipcase SANDD271)
This is the Special Edition version, which includes the bonus "Up the Wooden Hills" EP. Times were when the term "concept album" meant having to phone in sick to wade through some four hour long metaphysical prospectus on flying Nepalese goatherds performed by men in long capes. But not anymore. The storyboard to Saint Etienne's Tales From Turnpike House - in nature sharing many of the proletarian grievances of The Streets' A Grand Don't Come For Free and Blur's Modern Life Is Rubbish - is set in and around an Islington high rise and its charmlessly franchised local watering hole "The Hat And Fan" public house; a dysfunctional Camberwick Green environment populated by drifters, dreamers and misfits, where the circadian essentials of the neighbourhood bakery have been supplanted by the pretensions of tanning salons and where the alleyways (the sweet easy listening of "Side Streets") afford pleasant strolls for those unphased by the prospect of having one's wallet emptied and face rearranged. While film director Mike Leigh's bleak burlesques and the astringency of Luke Haines' Black Box Recorder provide honourable comparisons, Saint Etienne remain in love with wit, optimism, The Beach Boys and cut-price electronic disco. Thus, the eastern Eurovision witchery of "Lightning Strikes Twice" and the rooftop party funk-lite of "Stars Above Us" provide valuable pop hit currency, necessary checks and balances to the suffocating social fragmentation narrated on the outstanding "Teenage Winter". Even David Essex - it's official, he's cool again - pops up playing Richard Briers to Sarah Cracknell's Felicity Kendall on the rat race opt-out "Relocate". Tales From Turnpike House is just the sort of record to give concept albums a good name. --Kevin Maidment
Top customer reviews
Forget ghastly visions of prog-rock, this is a concept album a la Saints; a day in the life of a small London community from the bright dawn chorus of 'Sun In My Morning' to the beautiful lullaby 'Goodnight'.. and it's absolutely packed with top tunes. It almost seems sacreligious to pick out favourites. There's the glorious, sunny disco of 'Good Thing' and 'Stars Above Us', the slightly sinister electronica of 'Lightning Strikes Twice', the touching melancholy of 'Teenage Winter' and the unexpected glam of the brilliant 'Last Orders for Gary Stead'...not forgetting the Saints' take on The Good Life, 'Relocate', starring Sarah as Felicity Kendall (naturally) and a surprisingly good David Essex as Margo (probably). Sarah's voice is at its best, as velvety smooth and sweetly gorgeous as it's ever been, and she's backed by the band's best collection of melodies since the early 'Nineties. If there were any justice in the world this would sell about twenty-seven million copies worldwide (but of course we already know there isn't).
Go down on your knees RIGHT NOW and thank whoever you believe in for giving us Saint Etienne.
The first two tracks set the tone. Sun in my morning is uplifting with great harmonies. Milk bottle symphony is a story of a track with Sarah's beatiful vocals doing it justice. You cannot fail to sing to it. Lightning strikes twice is Euro sounding and is "Kylie-esque". The beautiful, Slow Down At The Castle next with it's strumming guitars. More sing a long with Good Thing and the first single Side Streets again with great harmonies is mellow and relaxing. Last Orders and Relocate are not to as high a standard but still ok. Disco sounding Stars Above us is great again sounding a bit like Kylie.Jumping stlyes again is Bird Man. An instrumental mandolin sounding affair that again is wonderful. Teenage Winter is heavier with Sarah's vocals shining through. Goodnight is the best end to an album I have had the pleasure to listen to. Beatiful, sad, harmonious, tearful and vocal.
In summary a mixture of stlyes all excecuted brilliantly. Sarah sounding great and the boys doing what they do best. Lots of great harmonies to support Sarah and all brilliantly produced. It's an absolute pleasure to have them back again. I hope they live forever!
Buy this record now. Or live to rue the day ;-)
We begin with "Sun in My Morning", with its beautiful West-Coast stylings and glorious chorus. It's such a gob-smacking intro that they've got a lot to live up to now. Luckily, we return to this haunting sonic world for "Side Streets" and "Goodnight". Thanks to the harmonies of "Tony and Anthony Rivers", there is a little bit of this ethereal beauty behind nearly every track.
"Milk Bottle Symphony", "Slow Down at the Castle" and "Teenage Winter" revisit the uneasily-peaceful style of "No Rainbows for Me" from an earlier Etienne.
"Lightning Strikes Twice" and "Stars Above Us" take us into disco-land - indeed, "Stars" could be Kylie while "Last Orders for Gary Stead" pounds away in a sort of mutant-glam-rock.
"Relocate" is a nice enough song, but I'm sorry, I couldn't enjoy David Essex's gruff interjection. Perhaps it was too much of a sudden shock after hearing Sarah Cracknell's silken tones for so many albums. There is a touch of the "Philip Glass's" about this and the next track, the "Birdman of EC1" which show that the band are more than willing to experiment and push back people's expectations of them.
Great EP, too. Highlights are the Stereolab-like "You Can Count on Me", Tornados-blues of "Excitations" and sleepy orchestrations of "Bedfordshire". A minor critisism, but could not this have fit on the main cd and saved another bit of plastic?