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  • Audio CD (April 1 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, CD
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002LS0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

1. This Is Radio Etlenne - Saint Etlenne
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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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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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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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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By A Customer on May 4 2001
Format: Audio CD
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. I didn't really like the song, but I thought I'd look at the cd anyway. The cover of the cd seemed really strange, it didn't seem to match the single, which I thought was kind of a novelty throwaway dance-pop song. It's officially one of the greatest album covers of all time and has liner notes by Jon Savage. It captures perfectly the new optimistic and lovely semantics that indie bands post acid-house were creating in the early nineties, but don't let that put you off - it's classic. Some of the songs are like musical prozac, capturing a fantastic mood of being young, in love, in the spring when everything's blooming, you have the whole day to wander aimlessly through the urban streets and city parks and do whatever you please and look for adventure and fun experiences and stuff. Some of the tracks are just brief atmospheric samples thrown together, but are inexplicably funny and clever. 'Spring', 'People Get Real', 'Stoned to Say the Least', 'Nothing Can Stop Us Now' are some of the best tracks I've ever heard in my life, no kidding. The lyrics are always arbitrary and vague, so you never know what they're about but they just seem 'right'. Like a less macho and psychotic sounding New Order trying to make hip-hop with a 60's girl-group singer. (Sarah Cracknell - what a charmer!)
Basically, I know I'm not going to convince anyone to buy this that isn't already a Saint Etienne fan already, but it's a crime that they are so underrated (the English music press seem to detest them - God knows why. But who cares, they hate everyone.) I think one of the reasons is their music has an absolutely zero testosterone quotient - be warned.
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