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Sound of Water
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
A decade on from their first single, "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," Sound Of Water finds that Saint Etienne still believe in magic. Expect shiny pop with a motorik pulse, a nine-minute single, "How We Used to Live," ... more »
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A decade on from their first single, "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," Sound Of Water finds that Saint Etienne still believe in magic. Expect shiny pop with a motorik pulse, a nine-minute single, "How We Used to Live," named after a late '70s schools and colleges series, a concise, thrilling album that balances between the mainstream and more avant-garde concerns.
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A flawless record.
E. MCCORD | NYC | 05/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my list of all-time favorite albums are a lot of relatively unsurprising picks: Sonic Youth's "Daydream Nation," Stereolab's "Dots and Loops," Pavement's "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain," Miles Davis' "In a Silent Way"... and also in my list is "Sound of Water."
Saint Etienne's previous albums all had some really amazing moments on them [beginners can find most of the best of early Saint Etienne on the "Smash the System" and "Travel Edition" comps]. But "Sound of Water" is the record that really established the band as one of my favorite artists.
Even five years after its release (!) I'm still not bored with it at all. Something always keeps me coming back. It's not just that the songs are great, and they really are: "Heart Failed," "Don't Back Down," and "Downey, CA" are all perfect pop music moments. The really amazing thing about "Sound of Water" is how perfectly it flows from one song to the next; the feeling captured on this album is one that I'll never get tired of visiting. Supposedly, a lot of Saint Etienne's older fans were not too crazy about the new austere musical territory explored here, but to me this is the record where Saint Etienne reached their zenith."
Skip this one
H. Anthony Lewis | San Diego, CA United States | 02/11/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First, let me be clear - I think the original Sound of Water release is an excellent, five-star cd; pleasant, relaxing and simply beautiful. The problem with this import (and why I only give it three stars) is that the extra tracks included here are all found on Saint Etienne's Interlude cd, along with a bunch of other great b-sides and and an enhanced video of "How We Used To Live." So get Interlude, the original Sound of Water, and don't waste your bucks on this one."