Words & Music By Saint Etienne Import
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2012 release from the British Electronic Pop trio, their first album in seven years and their eighth studio album overall. Words And Music By Saint Etienne features collaborations from long-time Saint Etienne associate Ian Catt, as well as producer Richard X and Nick Coler. Words And Music By Saint Etienne is an album about how music affects your life. How it defines the way you see the world as a child, how it can get you through bad times in unexpected ways, and how songs you've known all your life can suddenly develop a new attachment, and hurt every time you hear them. More than how it affects and reflects your life, though, the album is about believing in music, living your life by its rules.
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YES the wait has been way too long for this stellar album to come out - but if you wait 5 more seconds, the rewards are great.
There are TWO versions of this album available for download. Nearly the same price. Be sure yours is the 25 Track Deluxe Edition with Digital Booklet. For a half buck less, you merely get the standard album, no digital booklet.
OK, the booklet is not much to write home about. Just some pictures of some doorways around London, a lovely shot of the band (looking dapper and beautiful as always) and a lyrics page. The real treat is the remix album. Remix albums can either be essential (Prince, Big Country, New Order), dreadful (Lady Gaga) or inessential (Radiohead's The King of Limbs remix). I am not sure where this one will land, but for 50 extra cents, it's all butter to me.
Just like Sarah Cracknell's creamy, dreamy voice - oh how I missed her, that posh, soothing soprano and her dazzling closet of cocktail dresses. Pinky out, cocktail to lips, relax and let Sarah delight you with tales (spoken and sung) about the importance of music in her life.
This album will take a while to fully absorb, but don't wait for me or anyone else. While it is only ten bucks - grab it now and enjoy.
I have to wonder. Granted, the band has never got it's due. See the success of Adele, Amy Winehouse, Lilly Allen and listen to Saint Etienne's first three records and shake your head. Second, pop artists in their late 40s shouldn't be able to come up with such a great concept. SE have crafted not only a very creative concept album about the importance of music in people's life. But every song on the album is stellar. some like "DJ" are among the best the band has written. Even the songs that on the surface don't appear so great on the first listen grab you by the throat on subsequent repeats. And I find myself repeatedly playing this album quite a bit.
And to top it all of, this band is pretty clever. Not only do they raise the bar on "kitchen sink" melodrama that shows the band still worships Scott Walker albums 1 through 4. They reference other bands, their own music, and their own lyrics to their own songs. Like I said pretty clever for the worlds greatest cult pop band. Even the album cover showing "streets made of song titles" is just really ridiculously clever.
So I would say, this is a must have album for people in their late 30's to late 40's who grew up on glam rock and British new wave. If the first song on this marvel, called "Over The Boarder" doesn't choke you up a bit complete with a lyric and music nod to New Order, then I would say pass on this. But let me repeat, on the first song, Saint Etienne know how to reference the importance of Blue Monday being the music score to many a teenagers' heart-broken melodramas. Like I said, clever band.
And one more thing, can some label please release a non-digital format of this thing stateside! Import prices kinda suck you know.
1. Over the Border
2. I've Got Your Music
3. Heading For the Fair
4. Last Days of Disco
6. Answer Song
7. Record Doctor
9. 25 Years
11. When I Was Seventeen
12. I Threw it All Away
13. Haunted Jukebox
1. Tonight (Two Bears Remix)
2. Last Days of Disco (Erol Alkan Remix)
3. DJ (Stay+ Remix)
4. I've Got Your Music (Golden Filter Remix)
5. Popular (Tom Middleton Cosmos Remix)
6. Heading For The Fair (The Time And Space Machine Waltzer Remix)
7. Tonight (Club Clique Remix)
8. Answer Song (White Horses Remix)
9. Haunted Jukebox (Summer Camp Remix)
10. I've Got Your Music (Kisses Remix)
11. DJ (Muddyloop Remix)
12. Last Days of Disco (Beat Connection Remix)