Words & Music by Saint Etienne Image
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  • Summary: The British electronic pop trio return after seven years to work with producers Ian Catt, Richard X, and Nick Coler on its eighth studio album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Words and Music, the first full studio album in an aeon from Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, is a masterclass of pop theory and practice in perfect harmony.
  2. 80
    While Saint Etienne will always sound like Saint Etienne, these songs are their sharpest in over a decade.
  3. Jun 4, 2012
    80
    The dizzying succession of beats per minute paired with thoughtful lyrics about music's role in shaping memories gives Saint Etienne a chance to create a rare entity: Dance music for the thinking person.
  4. Jun 7, 2012
    80
    It has the vitality of today's top 40 dance-pop but is full of the kind of wisdom, wit and warmth that can only come with age.
  5. May 24, 2012
    78
    Saint Etienne's best LP since 1994 masterpiece Tiger Bay.
  6. May 30, 2012
    20
    Words and Music by St Etienne really brings it on itself, and the result is totally vapid.

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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 to be as important than any on the contemporary scene. Collapse

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