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Band members Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs, and Sarah Cracknell draw upon their collective love for yesterday’s tunes and fashions to make this deeply personal album feel both uplifting and bittersweet. Sonically, Words and Music boasts insistent grooves that propel Cracknell’s caressing vocals through billowing synthesizer textures. The songs' glide and swirl make the band’s coming-of-age reflections seem all the more poignant. Tracks like “DJ”, “Tonight", and “The Last Days of Disco” seamlessly blend memories of young romance and musical infatuation. In tandem with coproducers Ian Catt, Richard X, and Tim Powell, the band shifts from gauzy heartache balladry (“I Threw It All Away”) to biting ‘80s-edged rock (“When I Was Seventeen”) and summery old-school soul (“Haunted Jukebox”) with a smooth but never clinical touch. Cracknell’s spoken-word recollections of her teenaged obsessions in “Over the Border” make the autobiographical elements more explicit.

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Really uplifting pop album. I challenge anyone to listen to it without coming away feeling good about life.

Saw them at Leamington Spa

I hope this band lives forever, the soundtrack to my life.

Hard to Sum Up in Words

I have the majority of Saint Etienne's catalogue and what this album has done is made me want to listen freshly to Good Humour, Tiger Bay, The Sound Of Water, etc. This really is a fantastic piece of work and so glad I got to go to the Lexington in N1 the day before release to hear the album preview and listen to Bob and Pete chat about the album. I've Got Your Music, Over the Border, Last Days of Disco, DJ - wow - just shimmering tracks and I want to listen to them over and over. Justin Gladwin's review below sums up Saint Etienne, they are a soundtrack to my life (in parallel with Radiohead...). Well done Saint Etienne - just wish you got the credit you deserve in terms of album sales, I'll be selling your sound to my pals!


Formed: 1988 in Croydon, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Like most bands founded by former music journalists, Saint Etienne were a highly conceptual group. The trio's concept was to fuse the British pop sounds of '60s London with the club/dance rhythms and productions that defined the post-acid house England of the early '90s. Led by songwriters Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, and fronted by vocalist Sarah Cracknell, the group managed to carry out their concept, and, in the process, Saint Etienne helped make indie dance a viable genre within the U.K. Throughout...
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