Saint Etienne ‎– So Tough

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Front cover features Sarah Cracknell, aged 6, photographed by her father, Derek Cracknell.

Tracklist

Mario's Cafe 4:38
Railway Jam 4:14
Date With Spelman 0:18
Calico 5:12
Avenue 7:40
You're In A Bad Way 2:43
Memo To Pricey 0:23
Hobart Paving 5:03
Leafhound 4:05
Clock Milk 0:14
Conchita Martinez 4:02
No Rainbows For Me 3:56
Here Come Clown Feet 0:22
Junk The Morgue 5:12
Chicken Soup 0:20

Versions (18)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HVNLP6CD Saint Etienne So Tough(CD, Album) Heavenly HVNLP6CD UK 1993 Sell This Version
HVNLP6CDX Saint Etienne So Tough / You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone(CD, Album + CD, Comp) Heavenly HVNLP6CDX UK 1993 Sell This Version
9 45166-2, CDW 45166 Saint Etienne So Tough(CD) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Music (Canada) 9 45166-2, CDW 45166 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
WPCP-5209 Saint Etienne So Tough(CD) Warner Bros. Records WPCP-5209 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
9362-45166-2 Saint Etienne So Tough(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45166-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
9 45338-2 Saint Etienne So Tough(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9 45338-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
9 45166-2 Saint Etienne So Tough(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Heavenly 9 45166-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
HVNLP6CDP Saint Etienne So Tough(CD, Album, Promo) Heavenly HVNLP6CDP UK 1993 Sell This Version
9 45166-4, 4-45166 Saint Etienne So Tough(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9 45166-4, 4-45166 US 1993 Sell This Version
HVNLP6MC Saint Etienne So Tough(Cass, Album) Heavenly HVNLP6MC UK 1993 Sell This Version
HVNLP6 Saint Etienne So Tough(LP, Album) Heavenly HVNLP6 UK 1993 Sell This Version
HVNLP 6MD Saint Etienne So Tough(MD) Heavenly HVNLP 6MD UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Saint Etienne So Tough(2xCDr, Promo) Heavenly, Universal UMC none UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
HVNLP6CDDE, 2711899 Saint Etienne So Tough(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, RM) Heavenly, Universal UMC HVNLP6CDDE, 2711899 UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
HVNLP6CD, 275 9119 Saint Etienne So Tough(CD, Album, RM) Heavenly, Universal Music HVNLP6CD, 275 9119 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
HVNLP6CD, 2759119 Saint Etienne So Tough(CD, Album, RM) Heavenly, UMC HVNLP6CD, 2759119 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
plain 179 Saint Etienne So Tough(LP, Album, RE) Plain Recordings plain 179 US 2013 Sell This Version
HVNLP6CD, 4990002000 Saint Etienne So Tough(CD, Album, RE) Heavenly, Columbia HVNLP6CD, 4990002000 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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scoundrel

scoundrel

August 24, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing So Tough, CD, Album, 9 45166-2

SO TOUGH remains Saint Etienne's highest pinnacle of pop perfection; indeed it's a seminal document in the annals of pop. Who else can make the character study of "Mario's Cafe" into a groovy hit? But the real magic comes with the trifecta of "Avenue," "You're in a Bad Way" and "Hobart Paving." "Avenue," a delicious midtempo track tinged with sadness, flows through its numerous tempo changes with grace. "You're in a Bad Way" is a deliriously bright track that harkens back to the 60s, with cheeky lyrics and a finger-snapping rhythm. "Hobart Paving" is a deeply moving torch song with its tender refrain of "don't forget to catch me." After those, of course, it's difficult to compare (where do you go after perfection?), but Saint Etienne manage to pop out a few more gems: the house/guitar-thrash of "Conchita Martinez" or the self-referential "Join Our Club." All in all, an indispensible album.