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Places to Visit
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
1999 EP featuring six brand new songs, their first recordings since 1998's 'Good Humour' album. Contains 'Ivyho use', '52 Pilot', 'We're In The City', 'Artierpp', 'Sadie's Anniversary' and 'Half Timbered'. Standard jewel c... more »
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1999 EP featuring six brand new songs, their first recordings since 1998's 'Good Humour' album. Contains 'Ivyho use', '52 Pilot', 'We're In The City', 'Artierpp', 'Sadie's Anniversary' and 'Half Timbered'. Standard jewel case.
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Kara Welch | USA | 05/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After reading the reviews listed here, I truthfully wasn't expecting much from this EP. I was very pleasantly surpised! This album is somewhat darker sounding than much of their other work, but all six songs fit together perfectly to create an atmoshphere of calm; the perfect album to play while soaking in the tub after a long day.
Ivyhouse, the first track, sets up a listening experience filled with La, la, la's and Doo, doo, da's that keep popping up over the course of these six songs. A haunting tune that musically reminds me of something Claudio Simonetti might have written for a Dario Argento film (Suspiria comes to mind). 52 Pilot is a catchy little tune that I first heard on the Smash the System compilation. Being the last track on that album, I tended to overlook it. Hearing it nestled among five other like-minded tracks helped me discover what a truly well-crafted song it is. Artieripp is a funky trip-hop instrumental that keeps you moving after We're in the City fades out. Sadie's Anniversary breaks the pattern by being a tragic, slow pop song, focusing more on Sarah's voice and the vow she's making to "never say those words again, now that you're gone". Half Timbered ends the album with a few moments of lovely la, la, la's. And now I must agree with all the others who have left reviews here: We're in the City is definitely the best song on the album! The track begins with the sound of driving rain which is then matched by a driving beat that sounds perfect with Sarah's do, do, do's and da, da, da's over the top.
This EP is my soundtrack for a rainy afternoon (albeit a short afternoon!). Saint Etienne proves they have the skills for making heavenly mood music!
Took a few listens to find the groove, but find it I did....
George Gollery | Washington, DC | 06/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Have been a longtime fan so after the very first listen, I must say, by brow was deeply furrowed..."Hmmm, what's going on here?" I thought. Hit play on the CD player again, and then again...and all of a sudden it hit me; don't try to compare or understand, just listen. SO listen I did. The album is NOTHING like Good Humor, or really anything else they have done as far as the way it SOUNDS. But I must say, it is unmistakably Saint Etienne with the melodies and such. This effort is mostly an electronic effort with the engineering chores falling to various contributors. I found it interesting that Bob Stanley of the band engineers two of the tracks. As usual there are the instrumentals and short musical vignettes we saw on So Tough and Foxbase Alpha. Ivyhouse has Sarah singing:"Doo doo doo doo dah dah dah dah" over a bed of electronics. We're in the City's beat just WILL get to you eventually. The title track I find beautiful and haunting. Half Timbered hit me in much the way that Dilworth's Theme did; beautiful and WAY too short. All in all, this album shows growth in an odd (but good!) sort of way. I know that this is a Place to Visit for me!!!"
An interesting little album.
Coyote Red | the edge of the cliff howling at the moon | 11/21/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't think much of this CD when I first heard it, to be quite honest. But I listened to it a few more times and it really grew on me. 'We're In The City' is my favorite track - the song may not sound all that impressive at first, but Sarah's "doo doo doo, dah dah dah" WILL take up residence in your head sooner or later! The only complaint I have about this album is that some of the songs are way too short. 'Ivyhouse' is an interesting track, and 'Half Timbered' is beautiful, but they end almost before they really get started - it really left me wanting more. Overall, though, Places To Visit is a good release by Saint Etienne, and I eagerly await their next full album."