January 28, 2009
Review: Saint Etienne's Method Of Modern Love
Reasons to love Saint Etienne and their new single Method Of Modern Love:
1. On their myspace blog they recently said, "The BBC are rather fond of us at the mo." Yes, and so am I, at the mo.
2. The song is suitably bleepy and tinkly, but most notably it's driving - the beat has real movement to it.
3. Breathy oh oh oh oh backing vocals you can sing along with
4. The second stanza of verse 1: "There's no sense or reason / Why we're shot with a bolt of blue / And there's no path for the heart to follow / No one side that you have to choose."
5. Who in 2009 will top this chorus chorus chorus? Low-ow-ow-ow-ow-ve
6. The airy fairy climbing b-chorus, "You know there's more to modern love"
7. The subtle telephone synth in the second verse. I keep pausing my iPod to get the phone.
8. Love Love L-O-V-E in the middle eight. Spell-outs always go down well. As has been noted by numerous like-minded bloggers.
9. The dueling vocodered vocals at the end of the radio mix are BEYOND. They ping back and forth from ear to ear.
10. The best remix is grandiose. Huge. Monolithic. And done by the song's producer, the now legendary Richard X.
This is the first post of 2009 with the Best 09 tag... Thanks to Andrew