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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
  1. JaimeZ
    May 23, 2006
    10
    With any dubt about it, this is the first conceptual album from Saint Etienne and the best. Ethereal, danceable, nocturnal.
  2. DuncanM
    Jun 23, 2005
    10
    This is the sound of London on a sunny holiday weekend. This is such a happy, cool, charming record. It makes me smile every time I listen to it.
  3. BenS
    Oct 23, 2005
    10
    I bought Foxbase Alpha as a 15 year old in 1991, and now with this album they come up with a track like Teenage Winter that leaves me I bought Foxbase Alpha as a 15 year old in 1991, and now with this album they come up with a track like Teenage Winter that leaves me yearning to be back in that moment. This album is stunning and, I think, their best. Hope it's not the last. Expand
  4. CalvinHobbes
    Jun 30, 2005
    9
    This is the album for my next lazy days on a beach in the southest italian island... (I also bought Cooder's Chavez Ravine: wonderful).
  5. JeffT
    Apr 10, 2006
    9
    I admit, TFTH is not an easy listen. But oh, did it ever grow on me (Ok, well not the bizaare "Relocate" -- thank GOD it was removed from US I admit, TFTH is not an easy listen. But oh, did it ever grow on me (Ok, well not the bizaare "Relocate" -- thank GOD it was removed from US version)!! Now it's one of my favorite albums of the year! Expand
  6. JasonL
    Jan 31, 2006
    9
    Very good, very smooth with a couple of standouts. Q Magazine should be dumped from Metacritic. Who writes this drivel?
  7. ToddR
    Feb 7, 2006
    4
    Stiff, stodgy, and heavily dated, this album is perfect proof that they should've retired years ago.

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