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Monorail Edition with signed postcard.
Originally released in 2012, Words and Music by Saint Etienne was their first new studio album for 7 years. At the time Alexis Petridis in The Guardian declared it "as dizzy with the joy of pop as Saint Etienne (sounded) 20 years ago, when their single Join Our Club borrowed the Lovin' Spoonful's question: Do you believe in magic? Now, as then, their answer seems to be: of course."
Later period Saint Etienne has a beautiful reflectiveness, it often feels like the musical quivalent of an Eric Rohmer film. The album refers to the “strange magic” of pop. About the special alchemy that transforms even the most mundane of experiences – walking home with the headphones on at night, sitting in a bedroom with your friends in the day, getting ready to go out on the weekend – into a lingering moment of seamless enchantment, one that resonates for the rest of your life.
It is about how music affects your life. How it defines the way you see the world as a child, how it can get you through bad times in unexpected ways, and how songs you’ve known all your life can suddenly develop a new attachment, and hurt every time you hear them. More than how it affects and reflects your life though, the album is about believing in music, living your life by its rules.
1. Over the Border
2. I’ve Got Your Music
3. Heading For the Fair
4. Last Days of Disco
6. Answer Song
7. Record Doctor
9. 25 Years
11. When I Was Seventeen
12. I Threw it All Away
13. Haunted Jukebox