So Tough [Deluxe Edition] (CD)


Saint Etienne

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Amoeba Review

Brad 11/18/2012

Saint Etienne! I love these guys. I really feel like if you know about Saint Etienne then you probably love them. By 1993 I was already a fan of their first album Fox Base Alpha and the song "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." But I think that So Tough was actually the first entire album that I owned by them. And it is most certainly my favorite. One of my friends first played me this album and it quickly became both of our favorites. I loved all the sampling. I loved that it was dancey but also super cool and mellow in parts. It was the perfect combination of UK indie and dance. I had really heard nothing like it before. The samples really meant nothing to me. They were most likely from British movies and TV shows that I had never seen before. But this album was just such a complete wonderful collection. You really have to listen to it from beginning to end. The best song was the last song after all. Saint Etienne is Bob Stanley & Pete Wigss. The first album had a couple different female vocalist. But Sarah Cracknell had become the permanent third member by the time this second album came out. So Tough featured the songs "Mario's Cafe," "Calico," "Hobart Paving," "Avenue" & "Join Our Club." Saint Etienne went on to release six more albums after So Tough. They are still a band and actually just put out an album this year and toured with it. I just saw them live a couple of weeks ago! This band will forever remain one of my favorites. Putting on this album brings me right back to 1993. And for some reason it only makes me remember the good memories. I love these guys. There is really nobody like them. This album was just reissued recently as a deluxe 2CD edition along with the rest of their catalog.

 

This album featured in Brad’s Best Albums of 1993 blog.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Mario's Cafe
Saint Etienne 04:38
2.
Railway Jam
Saint Etienne 04:14
3.
Date With Spelman
Saint Etienne 00:18
4.
Calico
Saint Etienne 05:13
5.
Avenue
Saint Etienne 07:35
6.
You're in a Bad Way
Saint Etienne 03:08
7.
Memo to Pricey
Saint Etienne 00:23
8.
Hobart Paving
Saint Etienne 04:57
9.
Leafhound
Saint Etienne 04:12
10.
Clock Milk
Saint Etienne 00:14
11.
Conchita Martinez
Saint Etienne 04:00
12.
No Rainbows for Me
Saint Etienne 03:58
13.
Here Come Clown Feet
Saint Etienne 00:26
14.
Junk the Morgue
Saint Etienne 05:12
15.
Chicken Soup
Saint Etienne 00:19


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Everything Flows
Saint Etienne 04:44
2.
Orpington Blues
Saint Etienne 06:22
3.
Who Do You Think You Are
Saint Etienne 03:53
4.
Some Place Else
Saint Etienne 03:44
5.
Duke Duvet
Saint Etienne 03:12
6.
Paper
Saint Etienne 04:11
7.
Johnny In The Echo Cafe
Saint Etienne 04:01
8.
Archway People
Saint Etienne 03:21
9.
California Snow Story
Saint Etienne 04:21
10.
Join Our Club
Saint Etienne 03:18
11.
Everlasting
Saint Etienne 04:33
12.
Snowplough
Saint Etienne 03:43
13.
Rainy Day Women
Saint Etienne 03:57
14.
Peterloo
Saint Etienne 04:29
15.
I'm Too Sexy
Saint Etienne 05:10
16.
Stranger In Paradise
Saint Etienne 03:29
17.
Hobart Paving (Van Dyke Parks Arrangement)
Saint Etienne 04:50

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