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St Etienne: Let's Be Avenue!

Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, 17 October 1992

I wanted to talk to St Etienne because I don't like their records as much as everyone else seems to. I don't believe that they're as ingenuous as they're painted. They've often mentioned influences I applaud – Spector, Pet Sounds, Marvin Gaye and so on – but they have consistently failed to deliver anything remotely as affecting.

And yet they've been cheered to the echo, and been given unanimous rave reviews.

Total word count of piece: 1318

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