Tales from Turnpike House [Deluxe Edition] [2 CD]

Tales from Turnpike House [Deluxe Edition] [2 CD]

by Saint Etienne


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Tales from Turnpike House [Deluxe Edition] [2 CD]

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. [A two-CD digitally remastered Deluxe Edition of Tales from Turnpike House was released in 2017, featuring 16 bonus tracks on the second disc.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2017
Label: Pias America
UPC: 5414939956836
catalogNumber: 80
Rank: 137572

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Saint Etienne   Primary Artist
Sarah Cracknell   Vocals,Track Performer,Group Member
Bob Stanley   Track Performer,Group Member
Pete Wiggs   Track Performer,Group Member

Technical Credits

David Essex   Composer
Saint Etienne   Producer
Ian Catt   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Sarah Cracknell   Composer
Christopher Neil   Composer
Tony Rivers   Vocal Arrangements
Bob Stanley   Composer
Pete Wiggs   Composer
Debsey Wykes   Composer
Xenomania   Composer,Producer
Lora Findlay   Artwork,Sleeve Design
Julián Fernández   Compilation Coordinator
Lawrence Oakley   Composer
Mark Waterfield   Composer
Anthony Rivers   Vocal Arrangements
Simon Wilkinson   Composer
Michael Rutherford   Composer
Jeremy Deller   Sleeve Notes
Travis Elborough   Liner Notes

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