Sophomore effort from Saint Etienne, now on 180 gram vinyl.So Tough was the 1993 follow-up to Foxbase Alpha that found the British group expanding their sonic boundaries with more cut-and-paste samples, breaks, and movie dialogue resulting in an extremely diverse and eclectic album. Saint Etienne certainly cover a lot of ground here, from 60's pop rock, baggy breakbeat, alt dance, and even some hints of trip-hop, all strung together with a constant 90's vibe that emanates off every track (even the ones intended to be retro). 15 tracks in all.
- 180 gram repress
- music label: Heavenly 1993 / Plain Recordings 2015
reviewed by Bo Linas 06/2015
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