Words & Music by Saint Etienne

Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    60
    Words and Music amounts to little more than an attempt to scale the same heights; sweet vocals, minimalist keys with the odd guitar thrown in.
  2. Mojo
    Jul 18, 2012
    60
    A gloriously unviable alternative to dullard R&B/X Factorism. [Jun 2012, p.92]
  3. May 22, 2012
    60
    The only maturity in their sound is towards a more ambient quarter. Elevator music not quite, but rising out of the background might be an issue.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 13, 2012
    10
    Modern pop doesn't get any better. Equal parts euphoria and melancholy. If relevancy is important in the pop world then the band continue toModern pop doesn't get any better. Equal parts euphoria and melancholy. If relevancy is important in the pop world then the band continue to be as important than any on the contemporary scene. Full Review »