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Saint Etienne

Home Counties

Ninth studio album from the London alternative dance trio formed in 1990

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Heavenly Recordings
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  1. 9.0 |   The Music

    What Saint Etienne’s ninth has pulled off is a document that wears their Britishness proudly and with good humour. An unexpected groovy treat
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  2. 9.0 |   Uncut

    A clutch of glistening electronic pop gems
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  3. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    Their ability to whip magic out of the everyday and illuminate the missing pieces is something that few so-called bands-of-the-people have ever been capable of, and after nine albums, is as strong as ever
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  4. 8.1 |   Gig Soup

    Saint Etienne have taken Ray Davies’ model of Little England and have given it an urban makeover
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  5. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Home Counties expertly casts that gaze outwards to the leafy suburbs, the dreams of escapism, and the melancholia
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  6. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Isn’t as instant their last two records, but it’s an equally rewarding listen. It makes you hope these skilled musicians continue making records this beautiful for another 25 years
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  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    As they move closer to the middle ground, Saint Etienne are far from re-inventing the wheel, but in writing delectable pop hooks about a place as decidely uncool as the home counties, that was never really the point
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Every song is a fully formed gem underscoring Saint Etienne's unique way with setting reflective pop upon a dance floor chassis. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    This superb album is a warm-hearted love letter not just to the Home Counties but also – no matter where you live – home, sweet home
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  10. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    With Home Counties, St Etienne have made an album to return to again and again
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  11. 8.0 |   The Observer

    A winningly witty paean
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  12. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Saint Etienne at their very best, blending breezy observations and harmonies with a deep seated emotion, centred around the need for a place to call home
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  13. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    They sound as assured as ever
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  14. 8.0 |   Q

    27 years after their debut, their edge is still keen. Print edition only

  15. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    The unhurried new album from English indie pop trio Saint Etienne centers on a theme of geography. Across 19 tracks, the band offers a day-in-the-life snapshot of their native London commuter towns
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  16. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Has much to offer in the way their greatest records always have-infectious hits, interesting soundscapes, nods to musical history, all under the sprawling umbrella of pop
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  17. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Finding Arcadia in the Brexit heartlands
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  18. 6.0 |   Clash

    The band’s approach to music-making has always been as eclectic as their references, but generally they’ve stuck to one approach per album. Unfortunately this is where ‘Home Counties’ comes a bit unstuck. There’s quite a lot going on
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  19. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Saint Etienne will always be interesting, and may still have a classic album in them, but maybe they need to drop the intellectual tendencies and simply embrace the music of the idols whom they so clearly adore
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  20. 4.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    An expanse of common adequacy rather than notability
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