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Tales from Turnpike House [Deluxe Edition] [Slipcase]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Sun In My Morning
    2. Milk Bottle Symphony
    3. Lightning Strikes Twice
    4. Slow Down At the Castle
    5. A Good Thing
    6. Side Streets
    7. Last Orders For Gary Stead
    8. Stars Above Us
    9. Relocate
    10. Birdman of Ec1, The
    11. Teenage Winter
    12. Goodnight
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Murder In E Minor
    2. Take Me Home (On a Pushbike) - (previously unreleased)
    3. Another Cup of Coffee - (previously unreleased)
    4. School Run - (previously unreleased)
    5. You Can Judge a Book By It's Cover
    6. Who Pays the Rent - (previously unreleased)
    7. Woodhenge - (previously unreleased)
    8. Got a Job
    9. Must Be More - (previously unreleased)
    10. Holiday Song - (previously unreleased)
    11. Leyton Art Inferno, The
    12. Missing Person Bureau
    13. Inside the Hive - (previously unreleased)
    14. Aqualad - (previously unreleased)
    15. Book Norton
    16. Quiet Essex
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): HVNLP80CDDE

  • Credits
    ProducerIan Catt; Saint Etienne

    Personnel: Sarah Cracknell (vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Ian Catt.
    Audio Remasterer: Guy Davie.
    Liner Note Authors: Jeremy Deller; Travis Elborough.
    Recording information: Cat Music; Needham Sound; The Old Vicarage.
    Photographers: Rachael Cassells; Paul Kelly .
    Saint Etienne, the U.K.'s foremost purveyors of indie dance pop, returned in 2006 with TALES FROM TURNPIKE HOUSE. The trio is in excellent form here, revisiting the propulsive disco and house-inflected fare of their earlier releases on cuts like "A Good Thing" and "Stars Above Us." Yet songwriters/producers Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley are as steeped in music history as ever, harking back to the 1960s harmony-heavy pop of the Beach Boys ("Sun in My Morning") and the wiry sounds of '80s new wave ("Oh My").
    Sarah Cracknell's breathy vocals add just the right amount of breeziness and luster to these pop confections. The album's best moments, in fact, are its quietest, when Cracknell's sultry whisper and Wiggs and Stanley's glossy arrangements and production are brought into perfect balance (the bossa nova-themed opener "Side Streets" and the hazy, downtempo "Dream Lover" are two cases in point). Beautifully conceived and executed, TALES FROM TURNPIKE HOUSE is a refreshing dose of electronic pop purity.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n unabashedly joyful celebration of being British...[it] could make an Anglophile out of anyone."
    Magnet (p.111) - "TALES is unabashedly domestic, and to avoid being too groove-heavy or sleepy, it's sequenced to pogo between lite ballads and dance-floor fodder."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Pure pop producers Xenomania were at the helm and David Essex added extra vocals."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]ittersweet laments for the lost romance of towerblocks and teenage dreams, particularly on desolate career highpoint 'Teenage Winter'."
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