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  • Summary: Sarah Cracknell & co.'s latest is a concept album about the residents of a London high rise.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Such sentiments are couched in consistently wonderful songwriting, surf's-up vocal harmonies... and lavish electro-pop.
  2. Turnpike is Saint Etienne's strongest record in years.
  3. The trio has fine-tuned its sound, making it more complex and compelling. [14 Jan 2006]
  4. The most fully-realized thing-- if not the most exciting one-- the band has released since 1994's Tiger Bay.
  5. Succinct, tiny pop gems like 'Milk Bottle Symphony' and 'Relocate' are beautifully realised. [11 Jun 2005, p.67]
  6. 70
    Displays gorgeous layering amid catchy pop, mysterious Spanish acoustic guitar, and self-effacing lyrics. [Mar 2006, p.118]
  7. Three tracks in you realise with horror that [it] is a concept album. Worse, it's a concept album of kitchen-sink dramas about Tony The Milkman and Doris The Housewife set to Saint Etienne's dated indie disco. [Jul 2005, p.120]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20