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“So Tough” was the second album by Saint Etienne and was released in 1993. I think it is by far their best work and is a bit of a classic. It works really well as a whole with all the songs being linked with samples of dialogue from films such as “Billy Liar” (“A man co ...

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So Tough by Saint Etienne
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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 31st July 2015

“So Tough” was the second album by Saint Etienne and was released in 1993. I think it is by far their best work and is a bit of a classic. It works really well as a whole with all the songs being linked with samples of dialogue from films such as “Billy Liar” (“A man could Lose himself in London”). The first few tracks have a certain ambient quality to them. It opens with “Mario’s Café” which is a piece of ethereal pop as is “Avenue” whereas “Calico” is reminiscent of Massive Attack. Bursting out of the ambience comes the catchy ‘60s pop of “You’re In A Bad Way”. “Hobart Paving” comes next and is a lovely piano ballad and arguably the album's best song. The quality drops a bit after that as there are some dated dance tracks such as “Leafhound” and “Conchita Martinez”, the latter features a sample of “Spirit Of The Radio” by Rush. However, the flow of the album with interconnecting samples still works.


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