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So Tough
Saint Etienne
So Tough
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop
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This eclectic second disc from the graceful London trio features dub-dance grooves, cafe folk, Rush samples, a Van Dyke Parks arrangement, Eno-meets-rap experiments, and a gentle pop single ("You're In A Bad Way") that cou...  more »


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All Artists: Saint Etienne
Title: So Tough
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Wea/Warner Brothers
Release Date: 3/9/1993
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop
Styles: Electronica, Indie & Lo-Fi, British Alternative, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093624516620

This eclectic second disc from the graceful London trio features dub-dance grooves, cafe folk, Rush samples, a Van Dyke Parks arrangement, Eno-meets-rap experiments, and a gentle pop single ("You're In A Bad Way") that could have been sung by Cilla Black in 1965. A puzzle worth solving. --Jeff Bateman

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So tough - so good.
eradano | 12/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"five stars? i wish i could have given this one more! this was my first introduction to the saints and i've been hooked ever since. there are no weak songs on this album and the production is almost flawless. the samples are amazing and if you give this one a listen to, you'll undoubtedly find your self repeating the clips, from old tv shows and movies, that are littered throughout. the saints really created a masterpiece with this one. if you're a newbie to the saints, and you're intrigued in their sound, this is the perfect album to get as it is a great example as to how diverse their sound is. if your an existing fan of the saints, no doubt you already own this one, or your trying to replace your copy that's been played one to many times.

(as for the question below from two years ago i'm guessing it's birdie (Deborah Wykes & Paul Kelly), hope you found it already though...)"
10 yrs later, still the best US released Saint Etienne
gen-x-pastor | St. Louis, MO | 02/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I first heard Foxbase Alpha, it was a welcome release from the pressures of my junior year in high school, the FIRST President Bush's nonsense, and the darkness of Front 242, Ministry, KMFDM, Thrill Kill Kult, etc. Then I heard something that had been missing in my life: happiness. Not naive bliss, but an informed happiness and willingness to have fun. I was an instant fan.As much as I loved, and still love, Alpha, So Tough is an order of magnitude BETTER. Much more mature presentation, better recording, it's the definitive Etienne in the way that Paul's Boutique is the definitive Beastie Boys (I hope this parallel makes sense to you, gentle reader). I don't think I'm saying this because I'm waxing nostalgic, although how do you separate yourself from an album you've loved for 10 years? I have all of Saint Etienne's albums released in the US, and this one's still my favorite. If you are a fan and don't have this album, you are missing out. You don't need my thoughts on each song, so I'll just break down the faves: Mario's Cafe, Avenue (ground-breaking direction for SE), You're in a Bad Way (infectious), Leafhound (sleeper!), Join Our Club (fitting ending to this masterpiece). That being said there's very little weakness on this album, hence the 5 stars. If I had to find fault... nah, I refuse to try. Just buy it and enjoy it 'cause who knows how long it'll be in print. Thanks for reading."
Classic Saint Etienne
Erica Anderson | Minneapolis, MN | 01/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I really wish pop music today was less like Britney Spears and more like Saint Etienne. I first discovered Saint Etienne when I was in college several years ago through "Tiger Bay" and immediately fell in love with their brand of pop music. After that cd, I quickly started buying as many of their cds I could find. One of the cds that I bought was their second album "So Tough". I recently dug out my copy and threw it into my stereo and found myself enamoured with the British group's fusion of folk, pop, dub, and dance music. The album kicks off with the gentle sounds "Mario's Cafe" which really sets the tone of the mood of the album. The entire album is such a joy to listen to. The band never really sticks to one particular sound. Their lyrics are quirky as are their choices in samples that they use. After all who else would write a song about a tennis player named Conchita Martinze? My favorite songs as to be the gorgeous "Hobart Paving", "the club-friendly "Join Our Club", and the infectious "You're in a Bad Way". There were a few songs on the album that I am not really fond of like the instrumental "Railway Jam" and "Date With Spelman". I felt that those songs lacked a good hook like "You're in a Bad Way" has. Overall "So Tough" is a solid dance/pop album from Saint Etienne. A very good introduction for new listeners who wants to check out their music."