Experimental Music Love

September 29, 2008

Saint Etienne – London Conversations: The Best Of

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Saint Etienne – London Conversations: The Best Of

It’s unquestionable that Saint Etienne deserve a best of. The world would surely be lacking something special if there was no collection of their largely masterful dance pop to ease a welcome way into their distinguished and lengthy 18 years in the business. The problem here is, the world already has several. And good ones too, though it’d be hard not to go wrong when the back-catalogue is as Gilette Mach 3 Turbo smooth as this.

The standards are there of course, from the wistful Neil Young cover, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, to the anthemic He’s on the Phone which stands proud at the top of the dance music pedestal (it’s a fun pedestal). I Was Born on Christmas Day proves ageless too, still managing to do the impossible and make Tim Burgess sound interesting.

Great songs of course, but you have to question the point of it all. Start here if you’ve haven’t ventured into Saint Etienne yet, otherwise, stick with the songs you know and, hopefully, love.

Songs – 8.5/10
Idea – 5.0/10
Total – 6.75/10

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