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Tales From Turnpike House Deluxe Edition, Import

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Audio CD, Deluxe Edition, Import, October 12, 2010
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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition including a bonus CD containing rarities and unreleased tracks. Saint Etienne's 2005 album is arguably their most mature musical statement to date. An album with a concept, rather than a concept album, the titular Turnpike House refers to a fictional block of flats whose residents provide the characters for the songs that are a microcosmic portrait of metropolitan life. A beautiful, considered album with a nod to Pet Sounds and featuring David Essex, it demands to be listened to as an album and one which perfectly balances pure pop and sensitivity. Universal.

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. The Birdman of Ec1
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Murder In E Minor
2. Take Me Home (On a Pushbike) [#]
3. Another Cup of Coffee [#]
4. School Run [#]
5. You Can Judge a Book By It's Cover
6. Who Pays the Rent [#]
7. Woodhenge [#]
8. Got a Job
9. Must Be More [#]
10. Holiday Song [#]
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Import
  • Label: Universal UK
  • ASIN: B00406V86K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Side note, You Can Count On Me from the bonus disc is great.
They have this fascinating chameleon-like ability to just nail any style of pop music.
R. Goldstone
I love the opening (on the US edition) of the song "Side Streets".
Kenneth M. Gelwasser

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J. Lyons on August 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Saint Etienne are in top form here. This is their best since "The Sound of Water," which I thought could not be surpassed. Yet in some respects it is very different. It's mellower and almost melancholic. The entire CD has a certain mood about it and if this is the direction the band is going, I'm thrilled with it.

The lead off track "Sun in my Morning" is so deliciously pleasant with Wilson-esque "Pet Sounds" era harmonies. "Milk Bottle Symphony" sounds like a missing track from "Good Humor," with its catchy melody and quality production value. "Lightning Strikes Twice" spotlights Sarah Cracknell's vocal range. The first single "Side Streets" is reminiscent of the classic Youngbloods song "Sunlight." "Last Orders for Gary Stead" shows that Saint Etienne aren't afraid to add a little oomph to their music. So who's singing the duet on "Relocate?" The writing credit goes to Essex/Stanley/Wiggs. Is that really David Essex dueting on "Relocate?" No way! Come on! Get out! Unfortunately the vocalist isn't credited. "The Birdman of EC1" is the instrumental. There's always at least one of those, and it's a beauty with it's fading in and out carousel bit juxtaposed against the haunting keyboard foreground.

The dance tracks "Stars Above Us" and "A Good Thing" are not as punchy as previous dance tracks like "Action" or "He's on the Phone," but they make you want to hop under the strobe light and move in embarassing ways. On "Teenage Winter," Sarah tells us a story of growing up and entering adulthood, which is appropriate considering the obvious maturing sound of the band as shown brilliantly on this CD. "Goodnight" ends the CD on a pleasant note.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Lohrke VINE VOICE on July 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
saint etienne is my favorite band. ever. it's really not even a contest. i'm in the middle of a decade long love affair with the ets, ever since i first heard them back in the fall of 1994 in ponferrada, spain. like most people here on amazon, i too consider 'so tough' and 'tiger bay' to be albums by which all other saint etienne albums could be judged. *could* being the operative word. for some reason there appear to be a lot of people claiming 'it's no 'tiger bay' or it's not as good as 'so tough.' these are probably the same folks still pining away for u2 to make 'the joshua tree' part deux, and the same folks who are disappointed to find that their best friends from high school or college have, in fact, changed in the last 15 years. we're talking apples and oranges here. comparing saint etienne 2005 to saint etienne 1995 is an exercise in futility, and not to mention a bit pointless. Of course they've changed, matured, grown up, etc. how different were YOU ten to fifteen years ago?

having said that, i was bit apprehensive about a new release, especially after the watered-down and somewhat uninspired 'finisterre' (which certainly did have its nice moments, to be sure). i stumbled across an advanced copy of the album and with a little trepidation stuck in my cd player. it's kind of like opening a present from grandma: you hope it's g.i. joe headquarters, but there's a slight chance it's smurf pajamas. after a few tracks i was convinced: saint etienne is back, and back with a vengeance. there are the obligatory dance floor stompers like 'good thing,' 'lightening strikes twice,' and the absolutely addictive 'stars above us' which challenges even the most rhythmically challenged to get out on the dance floor and give it a go (i'm sure it'll spawn a whole disc of remixes, too).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lee Marie Sadek on June 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
WOWWWW!!!!!!AMAZING!!!!!this album is a whole body of a symphony , well crafted... where every song is a wonder !!!

What i admire in a band like Saint Etienne is their ability to evoluate without loosing their trademark'sound ; Saint Etienne music is a mixture of pop nostalgia ,romantic, innocent and dreamy and this album "Tales from turnpike house" offers all that and more ...need to say that comparing this album to their previous excellent "Sound of Water", one would realise that this record is much UP BEAT : if "Sound of Water" makes you float in the air then this album will makes you fly faster ...

and to fly above english suburbia where each song tells the story of ordinary people living in a block, and their divided feeling towards whether life in the city is a good thing or should we move to the country the song "relocate" perfectly describe this .

"Milk Bottle Symphony" is purely M I N D B L O W I N G with its changes of moods; this is a 3 parts' song beautifully arranged : it takes your head from a place to another ...and remind me of the 9 minutes'"How we Used to Live" from the "Sound of Water" album ...( hope i did not spoil the surprise ...)

"Lightning Strikes Twice" has all the beauty of the Hi -Energy style created in the 80s and is really interesting by showing an evil side of Saint-Etienne ; about a girl doing black magic ritual to get her lover back !

"Teenage Winter" has a charming melancolie and a huge wall of sound that will leave you breathless !

I won't go further by dissecting all the songs but i hope this is enough to tell all music lovers that this album is a masterpiece done by a beautiful band whose aim is to make you feel better , feel good and feel beautiful ...and what more should someone ask for ???
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