17 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although associated with Britpop, London trio Saint Etienne operated at a bookish, continental remove from their peers. Their second album is no different: Named after a Beach Boys album and structurally indebted to The Who, it samples from classic films and contrasts the rapidly changing Britain of the '50s with their '90s heyday. Despite this rich text, So Tough couldn’t have a lighter touch, flickering dreamily from Euro disco (“Conchita Martinez”) to chanson (“You’re in a Bad Way”), exotica ( “Calico”) to minimal techno (“Junk the Morgue”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although associated with Britpop, London trio Saint Etienne operated at a bookish, continental remove from their peers. Their second album is no different: Named after a Beach Boys album and structurally indebted to The Who, it samples from classic films and contrasts the rapidly changing Britain of the '50s with their '90s heyday. Despite this rich text, So Tough couldn’t have a lighter touch, flickering dreamily from Euro disco (“Conchita Martinez”) to chanson (“You’re in a Bad Way”), exotica ( “Calico”) to minimal techno (“Junk the Morgue”).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings
19 Ratings
Grudgebearer ,

Sublime

I remember listening to this after a night out dancing with the girlfriend (now my wife) and friends. A very cool, romantic, melancholy album with lots of depth and surprises. There are standout songs (Calico and Leafhound for me) but really the whole set deserves a listen. Love, love, love it!

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