Finisterre [Extended Edition] [2 CD]

Finisterre [Extended Edition] [2 CD]

by Saint EtienneSaint Etienne


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A return or a retread? Regardless of where you stand with this group as a fan (whether you detest Good Humor and Sound of Water or not), it's a bit of both. Those who've been waiting nearly a decade for the group to return to the messy but masterful patchwork anti-formula formula of the first three albums should be happy with this one. Like So Tough and Foxbase Alpha, the flow of the album is charmingly disjointed and seemingly made up of tangents -- albeit the kind of tangents for which most pop groups would happily exchange their Sarah discographies in order to call just one their own. In that sense, Finisterre is a return, forsaking the unified approaches taken on both Good Humor and Sound of Water. But the album resembles what many longtime fans would call a blatant return -- a return in lieu of new ideas (to borrow). The group's bright and shimmery dance-pop instincts are practically oozing out of one-third of these songs, though none of them quite scale the heights of the group's best material. If another third of the album didn't sound like it could've only been made in the wake of the electro (not electro) revival, it could've been released at any point during the latter half of the '90s. The remainder of the album, along with some of the electro-leaning material, mines melancholy and occasionally dark territories. In fact, there are no sweeping string arrangements, no delicately strummed acoustic guitars, and nary a whistle-worthy melody within the album's last four songs. Still, Saint Etienne remain England's best pop group -- they only look bad when they're compared to themselves, and this album, for all its shortcomings, has a handful of moments capable of making you think that they are the best pop group to have ever existed. [Released in 2017, the two-CD Extended Edition of Finisterre duplicated the album's 2010 double-disc reissue, which added a second disc of stray tracks, songs from singles and EPs, and four previously unreleased songs.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2017
Label: Pias America
UPC: 5414939956829
catalogNumber: 74
Rank: 85921

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Saint Etienne   Primary Artist
Michael Jayston   Voices
Sarah Cracknell   Group Member
Bob Stanley   Group Member
Pete Wiggs   Group Member
Tim Keegan   Guest Appearance
Sarah Churchill   Guest Appearance
Wildflower   Guest Appearance
Nathan Bennett   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Brian Wilson   Composer
Saint Etienne   Producer
Mark Perry   Sleeve Notes
Ian Catt   Composer
Nick Coler   Composer
Sarah Cracknell   Composer
Bob Stanley   Composer
Pete Wiggs   Composer,Engineer
Kid Loco   Remixing,Additional Production
Brian Higgins   Composer
Aim   Producer
Andy Turner   Engineer
Julián Fernández   Compilation Coordinator
Lawrence Oakley   Composer
Mark Waterfield   Composer
Lee Hazelwood   Composer
Paul Kelly   Sleeve Design
Jude Rogers   Liner Notes
Jakob Kolding   Collage
Tim Powell   Composer
Vanessa George   Composer

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