Foxbase Alpha

December 23, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.49
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 10, 1992
  • Release Date: December 23, 2008
  • Label: WM Japan
  • Copyright: 1991 Warner Bros. Records Inc. for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 58:20
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  • ASIN: B001PJ1PZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,934 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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I loved it on first listen.
Kara Welch
This has to go down in pop music history as one of the best debut albums ever.
Adam Thomason
A great set of tunes although pricey...
The Old Man

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Adam Carroll on January 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is what started it all. From album to album, the trio of Saint Etienne change musically like a chameleon changes its colors - and each change can be appreciated in a different way. There's something special about Foxbase Alpha, though. Sure it's a little rough around the edges (not having the help of the mixers from albums like Tiger Bay and Continental), but this album has a warmth all its own - a sort of timelessness, if you will. Some of the songs on the album are achievements that the Etienne have yet to top. 'Nothing Can Stop Us' is an amazing song, and it WILL put you in a good mood, no question. 'London Belongs To Me' washes you away in a dreamy sea of gentle vocals and synths. And of course, there's 'Spring', an utterly charming and innocent number. Those are my favorites, but I haven't even mentioned their outstanding covers - 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' by Neil Young, 'Kiss And Make Up' by the Field Mice... I could go on and on.
I love all of Saint Etienne's albums, and I appreciate each of them for what they are - it takes guts to make a pop record one year and a techno one the next, at the risk of seriously alienating some fans. Foxbase Alpha, though, is on a pedestal in my heart. Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs, and Sarah Cracknell may have gone on from here to explore newer, stranger, and wilder sonic frontiers, but this, their first foray into music, is simply magical.
Thanks.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Paulsen on December 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Now that the 90's have come to a close, this album still stands as one of my Top 25 albums of the decade. This debut album is a brilliant, quirky blend of dance and techno sensibility combined with 60's retro pop melodies with lots of odd noodlings and samplings thrown in between. Saint Etienne still haven't bettered this album to date. Sarah Cracknell's like-honey vocals are sensuous and sincere, harkening back to the such 60's songstresses like Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Diana Ross. Instrumentalists Stanley and Wiggs' clever and masterful arrangements prove that they are electronica innovators in their own right. Listen for the odd vignettes "Etienne Gonna Die" (composed entirely of a snippet of dialogue from the film "House of Games" backed by menacing tribal-jungle percussion) and the psychotic "Wilson".
Standouts are "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (a classy club rendition of Neil Young's song), "Spring" , She's the One", "People Get Real" (my all-time favorite Etienne song), "Stoned to Say the Least" (ambient-dance bliss), "Nothing Can Stop Us" and "Kiss and Make Up".
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Aparato SuperSonico on July 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you own the original copy of this CD already as I do, you'll hear the album greatly improved by the remastering. The extra tracks are good, nothing that will change your life, but a nice little bonus. Wait for the price to drop below $20 though. It's a bit expensive for an album that's been around for so long.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "davidmontiel" on August 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Saint Etienne's debut is brilliant. The music, is mainly a blend of house, hop-hop and classic 60's pop, but many other styles are added to the mix. The vocals (in almost all of the songs, by Sarah Cracknell) are breezy and sensual. Songs like "Spring", "Nothing Can Stop Us" or "She's the One" are catchy, beautifully constructed pop gems. But this album's strongest point is definitely its power to congure up images of places and times, lost sceneries we'd wish (or dream) to be part of. Some tracks, like Wilson or Etienne Gonna die (as well as other non-proper songs consisting mostly of spoken samples) may become a little tedious and feel too long, but serve to the purpose of leaving the listener in a confused, unattentive state to be pleasantly broken by another lovely song. I definitely recommend this album and rate it among the top five of the 90's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kara Welch on April 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was beginning to lose hope that there were any artists left out there who could inspire in me a manic fever to hear every single note they have ever produced. And then there was Saint Etienne!

I became an Etienne fan in a very roundabout way. I happened to buy a copy of Sarah's solo EP, Kelly's Locker. I loved it on first listen. I found her full length album and loved that, too. But where could I go from there? According to Amazon.com, Saint Etienne was the answer!

After buying every Etienne CD I could get my hands on, I sat back and only listened to them casually for awhile. I was a little overwhelmed, as I had just purchased 5 CDs from them and didn't quite know where to start. Well, I ended up starting with Smash the System, which showed me that I needed to catch up on early Etienne! (All the CDs I'd bought were Good Humor and later) I got Foxbase Alpha on Ebay and I love it. There's nothing quite like listening to the early beginnings of a great band and seeing how they got where they are today.

This album isn't their best, but it is a great start. Their cover of "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" will not allow you to sit still (and I admit that at first I was puzzled as to why Sarah's voice sounded so different; should have figured the answer was as simple as a different singer!). I loved this song before I got this album, but now it just doesn't sound right to me unless it is preceded by "This is Radio Etienne". "Carn't Sleep" and "Spring" are both glorious pop songs with two very different moods: one is about missing a lost love, one is very hopefull that love will find its way to her. "Girl VII" has an incredible guitar sound. "She's the One" is a trippy little song that turns the title into an accusation.
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