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4.5 out of 5 stars
Words And Music By Saint Etienne
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 July 2012
This is the first St Etienne album that I have bought, I was tempted to try them out having read several favourable reviews. The album is themed on their love of pop music, an interesting concept. The opening track Over the Border has a rundown of what its like to be an obsessive music fan, telling of a trip to see Peter Gabriel's house while still at school, asking whether Marc Bolan's music will still matter as much in the future, and giving a potted history of their love of music. Lots of namecheck references for those in the know,clever and sophisticated stuff. Subsequent tracks with titles like Record Doctor, I've Got Your Music, Last Days of Disco, and Haunted Jukebox continue to focus on the allure of pop music. Overall the arrangements are poppy, the lyrics give an insight into what has been a lifelong obsession with popular music, and it probably strikes a chord with anyone now in their early 50's, who is likely to pick up on the nuances of the in jokes and specific references made. This is not my usual bag, but it has a lot to commend it , and I am impressed that they have maintained the concept successfully throughout a whole album. For those who are into such things, there is a bonus album of remixes of selected tracks, with various producers playing around with selected tracks , but the main original album is the one that I personally enjoy the most. The artwork on the cover is fascinating in its own right, a pastiche of a street map like you would find in an A-Z, with all the road names refering to past popular hit records such as Penny Lane, Devil Gate Drive, Ventura Highway, Yellow Brick Road etc. Like the music on the CD, you can have lots of fun trying to spot the influence and getting the references to the music knowledge . Good stuff, highly entertaining , nod is as good as a wink humorous hooks abound.
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on 15 July 2017
I have loved this band for a long time. Personally, I feel this is still their finest album to date...Okay...I stand corrected, it is their best album after 'Foxbase Alpha' in my humble opinion!!!!It is everything I have always appreciated about The Saint: drama, nostalgia, summery sounding electro vibes and feel good tunes. A care for people, places and of course music. It is also very British minus the stiff upper lip!!!!
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on 27 August 2016
It's a great album, no doubt, and the artwork in vinyl size is impossibly good. Try to find all references on the front cover "map"! Unfortunately the pressing itself – as many albums released nowadays – suffers from low quality. This should have been mastered separately for vinyl. It wasn't. Using the hard limiter CD master is always going to sound bad when pressed to vinyl, and this is not an exception.

Here's hoping for a deluxe remaster one day (Saint Etienne love to reissue repackage everything 20 times). I'm going to buy one when it's out.
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on 11 April 2016
To call this a concept album would make it sound pretentious (which it isn't), but it does have a consistent theme, that life can be defined and enriched by popular music. Sarah C's lyrics have often had a confessional, autobiographical edge, and none more so than here, as she sings of her early love of the pop songs of her adolescence, and the influence they had on her. The album harks back to the pop end of the club/dance music of the early 90s, but ends with some slower, more poignant tracks, with Haunted Jukebox being a particularly elegant way to close out.
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on 8 January 2013
I must admit to St Etienne being my guilty pleasure. The song construction and sheer musicality always is acheived. I love Sarah's voice and the way the lyrics fit the wonderful arrangements. So now we come to this album. Oh joy, is the only description of the first album in the deluxe package, everything a St Etienne fan could possibly desire. Then we come to the second album. Oh dear, what divot allowed this into the package? St Etienne are all about quirkiness and I can't say that any of the repetitious rubbish on the second album fits that description. I've given it a four, but only because I still remain a fan.
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on 15 January 2018
Great album
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on 16 March 2014
Love vinyl and this is an excellent addition to my collection will keep looking for more new records as you are quite cheap
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on 22 October 2012
An excellent comeback from St Etienne full of dreamy perfect pop. The 2nd disc with remixes is really good with interesting reinterpretations of the songs from main album.
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on 12 February 2015
Bought as a present well pleased with item - thank you
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on 5 August 2014
Great album superb remixes.
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