Saint Etienne – ‘Words And Music By Saint Etienne’

This record is the soundtrack to your life

Ever felt a connection to a group or a song so intense and completely one-sided that it defied and confounded all logic or reality? Of course you have, you’re reading this magazine. That being the case, this record is the soundtrack to your life. Sure, the threesome’s advancing years date the references (“I was in love, and I knew he loved me back because he’d made me a tape”), but the sentiment is unendingly adorable. And while Saint Etienne will always sound like Saint Etienne, these songs are their sharpest in over a decade. Sure enough, an album itself about the redemptive power of pop music deserves an emotive ‘8’.

Dan Martin

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