Saint Etienne ‎– Sound Of Water

Sub Pop ‎– SPCD 509
CD, Album


1 Late Morning 4:13
2 Heart Failed (In The Back Of A Taxi) 3:41
3 Sycamore 3:46
4 Don't Back Down 4:49
5 Just A Little Overcome 3:41
6 Boy Is Crying 3:52
7 Aspects Of Lambert 3:30
8 Downey, CA 4:24
9 How We Used To Live 9:02
10 The Place At Dawn 1:47

Companies, etc.



Includes 12 pages booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 98787-0509-2 9
  • Matrix / Runout: wea mfg. OLYPHANT Y11420 IR SP 509-2 01
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L903
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 2U6D

Other Versions (5 of 19) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MNTCD1018 Saint Etienne Sound Of Water(CD, Album) Mantra Recordings MNTCD1018 UK 2000 Sell This Version
HVNLP72CD, 2759111 Saint Etienne Sound Of Water(CD, Album, RE, RM) Heavenly, Universal UMC HVNLP72CD, 2759111 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
EVERCD135 Saint Etienne Sound Of Water(CD, Album) Everlasting Records (2) EVERCD135 Spain 2000 Sell This Version
TOCP-65417 Saint Etienne Sound Of Water(CD, Album) InsideOut TOCP-65417 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
SP 509 Saint Etienne Sound Of Water(CD, Album, Promo) Sub Pop SP 509 US 2000 Sell This Version



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September 4, 2005
edited over 15 years ago

Saint Etienne continues in fine form on THE SOUND OF WATER, with Sean O’Hagan of the High Llamas taking main production duties. His fingerprints are immediately evident on the harmonium-drenched pop of “Heart Failed (In the Back of a Taxi)” or the blippy melodies and spoken word of “Don’t Back Down.” It’s a much more thin sound that we’ve become accustomed to from them, but they work with it admirably. “Boy is Crying” has a much more angular harmony, with sharp and layered dynamics, while “Downey, CA” has a subdued sparkle. The 9-minute long “How We Used to Live” that shifts from a maritime piece of 50s elegance to dance-friendly glitter and finally to jazz-inflected downtempo. “The Place at Dawn” takes us out on gentle waves of ambience. Water has never sounded so good.