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Boomkat Product Review:
There's been an awful lot written in the press about how Saint Etienne's new (and rumoured to be last) album has been written with primary school aged listeners in mind. But for those who are worried that 'Tales From Turnpike House' will resemble an episode of Pigeon Street set to urban-pop; don't fear! Although there is a simple thematic concept to the album (a day in the life of the eponymous tower block as viewed through its various residents), Saint Etienne have managed to craft it into a deceptively complex mediation on modern life. All couched in their trademark Wilson harmonies and Bryds scope, songs such as 'Milk Bottle Symphony' are perfectly appointed tales of teenage rebellion (taking notes from Neil Hannon), whilst 'Sun In My Morning' proves Sarah Cracknell's voice is becoming more sun-blushed with each passing year. Elsewhere, 'Lightening Strikes Twice' is as pure a dose of love giddy electropop goodness you're likely to hear all year (it's got Number 1 potential), 'Relocate' is a David Essex duet (you heard right) of middle-class longing to escape the Tube ("I'll miss my mates...") whilst 'Teenage Winter' is the best Black Box Recorder song they never made. Lovely jubbly.