SAINT ETI­ENNE Home Coun­ties

Heav­enly Record­ings

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Saint Eti­enne (Sarah Crack­nell, Bob Stan­ley, Pete Wiggs) are fit­tingly praised for never let­ting 1960s-ref­er­enc­ing pop mu­sic out of sight, and in Home Coun­ties the group blends its love of that form with a col­lec­tion of songs about “a day in the life of this dough­nut of shires”. Con­cep­tual in form, and held to­gether by the nostal­gia and ro­mance of sub­ur­ban rail jour­neys, the mu­sic of Vaughan Wil­liams (Church Pew Fur­ni­ture Re­storer), BBC ra­dio an­nounce­ments (Pop­mas­ter, Sports Re­port), a slew of mas­ter­ful pop tunes ref­er­enc­ing long-for­got­ten TV theme songs (in­clud­ing Take it All In) and po­etry in lo­co­mo­tion

(Sweet Ar­ca­dia), this su­perb al­bum is a warm-hearted love let­ter not just to the Home Coun­ties but also – no mat­ter where you live – home, sweet home. sain­te­ti­

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