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Saint Etienne Audio CD
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2. Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Saint Etlenne
3. Wilson - Saint Etlenne
4. Carnt Sleep - Saint Etlenne
5. Girl VII - Saint Etlenne
6. Spring - Saint Etienne
7. She's The One - Saint Etienne
8. People Get Real - Saint Etienne
9. Stoned To Say The Least - Saint Etienne
10. Nothing Can Stop Us - Saint Etienne
11. Etienne Gonna Die - Saint Etienne
12. London Belongs To Me - Saint Etienne
13. Kiss And Make Up - Saint Etienne
14. Like The Swallow - Saint Etienne
15. Dilworth's Theme - Saint Etienne

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St. Etienne ~ Foxbase Alpha

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative Aug. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
Saint Etienne's debut is brilliant. The music, is mainly a blend of house, hop-hop and classic 60's pop, but many other styles are added to the mix. The vocals (in almost all of the songs, by Sarah Cracknell) are breezy and sensual. Songs like "Spring", "Nothing Can Stop Us" or "She's the One" are catchy, beautifully constructed pop gems. But this album's strongest point is definitely its power to congure up images of places and times, lost sceneries we'd wish (or dream) to be part of. Some tracks, like Wilson or Etienne Gonna die (as well as other non-proper songs consisting mostly of spoken samples) may become a little tedious and feel too long, but serve to the purpose of leaving the listener in a confused, unattentive state to be pleasantly broken by another lovely song. I definitely recommend this album and rate it among the top five of the 90's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Debut by Saint Etienne--unique mellow alternapop Feb. 13 2003
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The first album by Britain's alternapop group Saint Etienne helps in establishing the band's early sound.
"This is Radio Etienne" is one of two non-song interludes that are in the album. This one takes a French football radio program's theme music and French commentator Jacques Bordeux's words before launching into a cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." I haven't heard the original but I'll say that this version is tempered but upbeat, with piano accompanying the synthesizer beat. Sarah Cracknell's waifish vocals is a softer and lightly sugared variation of Susanna Hoffs or Belinda Carlisle's vocals. The sound is something that Ace of Base would later use in "All That She Wants."
That is followed by the drug-looped psychedelia of "Wilson," a collage of British phrases repeated against a backdrop of slowed down techno-beats. Phrases such as "Would you like some sweets, Willie?" from an elderly aunt-like figure gets mixed up with "LSD" to evolve into "Would you like some LSD?" The aunt figure asks Willie "What would you like then?" Willie, a young boy, answers "Can I have one of these and one of these and two of those please?" and also "Come on auntie, we'll miss the bus!" A male announcer calls for "Mr. and Mrs. J. Summers" and all these phrases gets repeated over and over. The effects of Willie's LSD trip, maybe?
"Carnt Sleep" has a bass backbeat and is a bit more relaxed, like a poppy version of bossa nova. Sarah's dreamy vocals is different from her opening number and this is the essence of her voice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Debut by Saint Etienne--unique mellow alternapop Feb. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first album by Britain's alternapop group Saint Etienne helps in establishing the band's early sound.
"This is Radio Etienne" is one of two non-song interludes that are in the album. This one takes a French football radio program's theme music and French commentator Jacques Bordeux's words before launching into a cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." I haven't heard the original but I'll say that this version is tempered but upbeat, with piano accompanying the synthesizer beat. Sarah Cracknell's waifish vocals is a softer and lightly sugared variation of Susanna Hoffs or Belinda Carlisle's vocals. The sound is something that Ace of Base would later use in "All That She Wants."
That is followed by the drug-looped psychedelia of "Wilson," a collage of British phrases repeated against a backdrop of slowed down techno-beats. Phrases such as "Would you like some sweets, Willie?" from an elderly aunt-like figure gets mixed up with "LSD" to evolve into "Would you like some LSD?" The aunt figure asks Willie "What would you like then?" Willie, a young boy, answers "Can I have one of these and one of these and two of those please?" and also "Come on auntie, we'll miss the bus!" A male announcer calls for "Mr. and Mrs. J. Summers" and all these phrases gets repeated over and over. The effects of Willie's LSD trip, maybe?
"Carnt Sleep" has a bass backbeat and is a bit more relaxed, like a poppy version of bossa nova. Sarah's dreamy vocals is different from her opening number and this is the essence of her voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The British Group America Slept On July 23 2002
Format:Audio CD
Let me be real: America has truly slept on some really good British artists. Saint Etienne is one of them. This trio, led by vocalist Sarah Cracknell, couldn't have picked a worse time to release their debut, "Foxbase Alpha." This album came out in the early 1990s, when America was obsessed with grunge and turned a contemptuous nose to anything electronic. That's sad, because this album is a rich mix of retro-60's electropop with laid back beats. They do an impressive cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," which is coupled with a hip hop-flavored drum loop. "Spring" is so fresh and vibrant, so light and perky, it sounds like it's walking on air. "Nothing Can Stop Us," another single, is a catchy dance number that definitely recalls the 1960s with its horn section. And, in a display of range, they give us a little reggae flavor in "Can't Sleep." This record was released to rave reviews on both sides on the Atlantic, but the American audience, already hooked on fellow Brits Jesus Jones and EMF, virtually ignored it. But it's not too late, my friends! Give this album a try and let the grooves of Saint Etienne draw you in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not oasis
not necessary to gush about this ingenous little band. At times I think that I listening to the Supremes.... Read more
Published on May 12 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut
I bought this album when it was released in 1991 on the advice of a friend who worked in a record shop. 11 years later, I still don't regret the purchase. Read more
Published on March 1 2002 by ad_crumenam
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclecticism at its finest.
I first heard this courtesy of a friend who is not known for listening to techno-pop. I was pleasantly intrigued right from the get-go -- St. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2001 by Dave Huber
4.0 out of 5 stars Would you like some sweets Willy? Pure techno pop candy!
You can have anything you want Willy! Pure british,techno,alternative,dance,groove,sample pop.I am not a techno fan, nor a dance fan, nor a groove fan, nor a sampling fan. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2001 by Mark D. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album with great pop sensibilities.
This is a wounderful album, I love the way Saint Etienne combined occasional hip-hop beats with 60's style melodys (and of course that classic Prophit 5 synth sound). Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2001 by 909inMyMind
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool and Unusual
This is one of those cds that encouraged me to stop listening to Top 40. I'm a 'late' discoverer of St. Read more
Published on June 27 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS NOW!!!!!!!
I bought this when it first came out and 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' was a hit on the top 40 radio station in Vancouver. Read more
Published on May 4 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars invigorating, sugary pop
My first taste of St. Etienne was the brilliant "Good Humor." Being a full time Cardigans fan at the time, it was a wonderful alternative and it still gets frequent spins... Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2000 by Aaron Hierholzer
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 of the Greatest Albums in my Collection!
I'm a first time listener, and foxbase alpha is one of the better albums in my collection, every song is different, and has its own personality and emotions, sometimes even... Read more
Published on July 8 2000 by "dvdguy2"
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