by Dave Segal
on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM
(Showbox at the Market) Tonight should be like an Anglophile convention at the Showbox, as the great British pop group Saint Etienne play their first show here since 2000. Hyperaware and ultraclever, Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs, and Sarah Cracknell have negotiated both the slick byways of dance music and the intimate confines of bedroom melancholia with exquisite skill. They've also recorded one of the greatest Neil Young covers ever with "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." The band makes a rare Seattle appearance to support their 2012 album, Words and Music of Saint Etienne. If that title sounds like a career summation of everything these understatedly euphoric tunesmiths have done, that's because it is.