Sound of Water (2000) is an album by Saint Etienne. At the time of release, this album split the band's fanbase between those who preferred the more commercial song-based sound of Good Humor and singles like "You're in a Bad Way" and "He's on the Phone" from those who appreciated the band's new direction, which was more experimental in nature. Sound of Water was developed as Saint Etienne's ambient and trip hop statement.
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4 people found this helpful. Their early albums were full of beautiful and interesting electronic textures, against which their best songs from those days achieved a kind of euphoria that only left one wishing they could sustain that feeling for an entire album worth of songs. Then 1998's "Good Humour" proved they could write an album full of the most sublime pop songs, but left out the experimental electronic textures.
Artist: Saint Etienne Genre: Rock Release Date: 06/30/2017 Label: Heavenly Recordings Catalog Number: HVNLP72CDSE Recording: Studio Length: 01:50:15 Format: CD Note: 2C. Tales From Turnpike House (CD) Saint Etienne. Sound Of Water (CD) Saint Etienne. Finisterre (CD) Saint Etienne. Continental (CD) Saint Etienne. Good Humor (CD) Saint Etienne.
On Sound of Water, Saint Etienne's earlier records now seem to represent a world that can be observed, or fondly/painfully remembered, but no longer entered into. And musically, it seems that for the band growing up means smartening up. The swooning ambience of the band's first few records has likewise been buffed away, revealing sleeker, sharper-edged techno-pop. The album is more traditionally stylish, but tinged with an ill-defined sadness.
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Although upon its release Saint Etienne’s second album So Tough marked the band’s chart high point, time has seen it fade from a cultural memory that has the mid-90s pegged as The Britpop Years. This is curious, for the 1993 record was created from a very similar palette to that employed by Britpop’s songwriters – an updated 1960s soundtrack to narratives of everyday London life – but to far superior results. Saint Etienne’s observations were keener, their aesthetic more refined and the very songs smarter than what was to come a year or so later