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Saint Etienne: Garage, Glasgow

Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 14 May 1998

IN THEIR perfect world, Saint Etienne's new album, Good Humor, would be battling it out with the Beatles and the Prodigy. The Prodigy? Yes, because while these Saints have created a studied idyll of mythical, designed Englishness for the past eight years, and more than a dozen hits, they've done so with an eye on contemporary club culture that has prevented them from sounding merely nostalgic. Sadly, the real, modern world, and particularly Glasgow's dingy Garage, is not perfect. No matter, because Saint Etienne brought their idyll with them: a hip crowd, beautifully crafted, dancey keyboard pop and four tellies showing Kung Fu and sixties blonde-cum-Barbie images.

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