Finisterre - Saint Etienne
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  • Summary: Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs build on the sparse, cool electronica sound of their last album, 'The Sound of Water,' with this latest release. Doves guitarist Jez Williams makes a guest appearance.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 80
    It's clear Saint Etienne have returned from their pastoral hiatus, ready to do what they do best: distill and riff on music history's catalog with inimitable style and substance. [Nov 2002, p.98]
  2. 80
    Literate and heartfelt, the album's also a sonic riot, with gutsy electro, dream-pop and feminist rap jostling for attention beneath Sarah Cracknell's creamy vocals. [#11, p.142]
  3. 80
    Saint Etienne's most far-reaching album since Fox Base Alpha. [Nov 2002, p.124]
  4. Saint Etienne have regained their touch.
  5. 70
    Cracknell's straight '60s pop ballads sit oddly, but a clubbable Shower Scene and well-electroclash Amateur and New Thing suggest more than a fiar outlook for the weathering well threesome. [Oct 2002, p.110]
  6. 60
    The disc comes across like the best B-sides compliation you've never heard. [Nov 2002, p.77]
  7. At its best, Finisterre finds Saint Etienne exploring new moods within their familiar formula of '60s acoustic sounds meet '90s electronica rhythms; at its worst, which is far more often, it clumsily grafts hip-hop and electro-synth on to the group's increasingly shopworn pop hooks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. robert
    Dec 4, 2003
    9
    their best since "so tough". the title track has to be one of their best ever.
  2. DanT
    Jan 7, 2004
    9
    Though I can't say I appreciate all their songs, the up tempo jams have been installed in my mix sessions to add much needed class and Though I can't say I appreciate all their songs, the up tempo jams have been installed in my mix sessions to add much needed class and flavor for the ignorant masses that "dance" in my face. Expand

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