Tales from Turnpike House [UK Bonus CD]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
No matter the associates or variables involved, a Saint Etienne album is always going to end up sounding just like a Saint Etienne album, even if it's a little different from what came before it. On Tales from Turnpike House, the group gets two productions from Xenomania Girls Aloud, Sugababes, several vocal arrangements from Tony Rivers the Castaways, Harmony Grass and son, some songwriting and vocal contributions from the misunderstood David Essex "Rock On," "Stardust", and assorted things from faces old and new. The album comes out as their most organic since 1998's Good Humor; even the tracks driven by programming are warm in comparison to vast chunks of both Sound of ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
No matter the associates or variables involved, a Saint Etienne album is always going to end up sounding just like a Saint Etienne album, even if it's a little different from what came before it. On Tales from Turnpike House, the group gets two productions from Xenomania Girls Aloud, Sugababes, several vocal arrangements from Tony Rivers the Castaways, Harmony Grass and son, some songwriting and vocal contributions from the misunderstood David Essex "Rock On," "Stardust", and assorted things from faces old and new. The album comes out as their most organic since 1998's Good Humor; even the tracks driven by programming are warm in comparison to vast chunks of both Sound of Water and Finisterre. The concept -- a day in the life of fictional characters who live in a house that does indeed exist -- allows for a range of material that's as broad as what can be heard on any other Saint Etienne album. The glitzy dance-pop of "Stars Above Us" "Stars above us, cars below us/Nothing can touch us, baby", for example, precedes the ruminative "Teenage Winter," containing an all-too-sharp expression of the resisted shift away from adolescent fanaticism "And in the charity shop...not much left on the doorstep recently/Something to do with eBay, Johnny reckons/He's bidding on it now, for a Subbuteo catalog '81-'82/He'll win it, put it in a drawer and forget he ever bought it". Though the other dancefloor-ready songs -- the sleek, silken "A Good Thing" and the sweetly lacerating "Lightning Strikes Twice" -- have major presence, the gentler moments, thriving on easy-to-miss intricacies and enlivening vocal arrangements the Rivers men are astute Beach Boys disciples, are especially generous with their charms. [The U.K. edition comes with a second disc, an EP of children's music titled "Up the Wooden Hills."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Sanctuary Uk
  • EAN: 5050159027194
  • Catalog Number: 271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sun in My Morning (2:41)
  2. 2 Milk Bottle Symphony (4:03)
  3. 3 Lightning Strikes Twice (3:45)
  4. 4 Slow Down at the Castle (4:42)
  5. 5 A Good Thing (4:00)
  6. 6 Side Streets (2:56)
  7. 7 Last Orders for Gary Stead (4:28)
  8. 8 Stars Above Us (3:24)
  9. 9 Relocate (3:08)
  10. 10 The Birdman of EC1 (2:47)
  11. 11 Teenage Winter (5:45)
  12. 12 Goodnight (2:30)
  13. 13 You Can Count on Me
  14. 14 Barnyard Brou Ha Ha
  15. 15 Let's Build a Zoo
  16. 16 Excitation
  17. 17 Bedfordshire
  18. 18 Night Owl
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Can Count On Me (3:58)
  2. 2 Barnyard Brouhaha (0:59)
  3. 3 Let's Build a Zoo (2:34)
  4. 4 Excitation (2:12)
  5. 5 Bedfordshire (3:58)
  6. 6 Night Owl (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Saint Etienne Primary Artist
Sarah Cracknell Vocals, Group Member
Bob Stanley Group Member
Pete Wiggs Group Member
Technical Credits
Saint Etienne Producer
Ian Catt Producer, String Arrangements
Tony Rivers Vocal Arrangements
Xenomania Composer, Producer
Guy Davie Mastering
Lora Findlay Artwork, Sleeve Design
Anthony Rivers Vocal Arrangements
Derek Cracknell Composer
Jeremy Deller Liner Notes
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