Saint Etienne - So Tough
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Record is VG+ VG++ (listen to our copy)
Cover has minor corner wear (see our picture)
Comes with original picture inner sleeve.
Released: 22 Feb 1993
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop, Indie Rock
A1 Mario's Cafe 4:38
A2 Railway Jam 4:14
A3 Date With Spelman 0:19
A4 Calico 5:12
A5 Avenue 7:41
A6 You're In A Bad Way 2:43 ( has a skip on this track)
A7 Memo To Pricey 0:23
B1 Hobart Paving 5:04
B2 Leafhound 4:05
B3 Clock Milk 0:14
B4 Conchita Martinez 4:05
B5 No Rainbows For Me 3:56
B6 Here Come Clown Feet 0:23
B7 Junk The Morgue 5:12
B8 Chicken Soup 0:20
Synthesizer [Prophet 5, Roland Jupiter], Handclaps, Other [Spriguns Of Tolgus] - Bob Stanley
Synthesizer [Rogue Moog], Sampler [Emax], Vocals [Basso Profundo],
Vocals, Other [Sri Lanka, Macca Keyring] - Sarah Cracknell
Voice [Man At Bar] - Simon Price
Voice [Man In Café] - Gerard M. Jaffe
Voice [Waitress] - Celina Nash
Written-By - Stanley , Wiggs
Issued with inner art sleeve.
Engineered at RMS, London
Recorded at RMS, London (summer - autumn 1992)
So Tough really builds well on what St. Etienne started on Foxbase Alpha - it has a similar but much more mature feel while sounding a lot more polished. After this, I feel that they wandered off course a bit with Tiger Bay, and then really lost it on Good Humor. With thier "Misadventures of St. Etienne" sound track, they really righted the ship, and Sound of Water prooves that they are firmly back on track, but they've never equaled what they achieved on So Tough.
So, if your a fan of the group, but somehow missed this one, go out and buy it, I promise that you won't regret it.
The album starts out with quintessential Etienne, a song called Mario's cafe with quirkly lyrics but with a chorus that only Sarah Cracknell could pull off - such vocal majestry that you find yourself repeatedly listening to the song just to get to the chorus. Then we continue to a song named for tennis player Conchita Martinez (what other band would do such a thing?) and then onto what I believe is Etienne's most innovative masterpiece, Avenue, a song that contains beutifuly layered backing and foreground vocals that is just one of these achingly pretty songs that are really hard to pass.
Then we continue into more traditional pop fare with You're In a Bad Way - sort of a straight forward pop tune that was reasonably successful in England as a single. Next up is Hobart Paving, a beutiful ballad where we hear lyrics like "Rain falls, like Elvis tears", but the highlight of the song is when Sarah sings "and baby, don't forget to catch me" over and over - perfection. Following this is Leafhound - this very etheral sounding popish piece where past acquaintences of the singer seem to come to life around her.
Then there is Junk the Morgue, an even more etheral sounding piece that is even more instrumental - its my all time favorite song to just sit back and listen to with the light's turned off - it has just an amazing feeling. Last, Join Our Club - another straight up pop song where Sarah implores "We all want to / kiss the sky / join our club / we're going to try" and with her voice, you just can't resist.
Saint Etienne - You're In A Bad Way
great song when you're having a bad day at work... and thinking of a pretty girl
Saint Etienne - Avenue (Original Mix)
so tough is without a doubt easily the best st etienne album ever.
Saint Etienne - Mario's Cafe [Live]
I love this song and Sarah's voice.