Saint Etienne Boxette
- Words: David Hemingway
- Label: Foreign Office
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
Intended–in the words of conceptualist Bob Stanley–to provide “a new insight into our sick English minds,” Boxette compiles Saint Etienne’s triptych of old, eBay-exciting fan-club CDs (I Love to Paint, Built on Sand and Asleep at the Wheels of Steel) alongside Eric Random, a disc of outtakes, oddities, and collectables. Thus, renditions of Elvis Presley songs, collaborations with German minimalists, and unused soundtracks to James Bonds films appear alongside tributes to the Mayor of London, songs written for supposedly reclusive folk singers, and at least two tracks referencing Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts. This is lovely, lovely stuff that sounds like it has come from a treasure chest rather than a carrier bag in a shoe cupboard.
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