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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal/Polydor
  • ASIN: B009H2NKD6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,573,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A good compilation of St Etienne's finest moments. All very gentle on the ear, though I do hate the talky bits on some of their songs. The typical record company habit of "new tracks only available on this greatest hits" is also indulged on this and they are both pretty decent.
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St Etienne are Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and Sarah Cracknell on vocals; it's very hard to pigeon hole them, as every track is different, but one thing they do have is that underground Brit-pop sort of grittiness.

For me, it all started when I heard "Only Love Will Break Your Heart", a dancey number - and a Neil Young cover, done beautifully by Sarah. Listening to this album does make you think "I've not heard that in a long time" which is good in ways, but it just reminds you why did they never break the big time, there's really some good moments - with hints of Pet Shop Boys (Who Do You Think You Are for example, could have easily fitted on their Introspective album) and a lot of different genres, even some rather dated Italian House and latin-house, which didn't really work for me.

There's also the chart hit "He's On The Phone", which though cheesy, is a really good piece of pop music, with great harmonies. You also get some dreamy tracks like "Like A Motorway", which fits in nicely with vocal dance music we get now.

Altogether there are 35 tracks here, chartering three decades of the groups successes, and their experiments which went not to plan (well, my opinion anyway). I like the way they have a dreamy sound, with typically 60s French lyrics from Sarah, even has the voice - which is a big plus. Their music never stagnated in one genre, which makes this a good listen on a Sunday morning with your coffee.

Worth checking out.
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Great collection from one of my favourite bands. Good notes as well
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As one of Sarah's "lovely boys", I can only say buy this today! If you haven't been keeping track of their output since the 90's you will be pleasantly surprised.
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