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Oh well, here goes, I suppose I should say something about, probably, my FAVOURITE ALBUM OF ALL TIME. Always subject to much hilarity and mirth in this office and beyond, Stuart Staples\'s despondent, defeated and lovelorn velvet murmur of a croon is apparently an acquired taste, however one I just take for granted. If it didn\'t grace this amazing album I don\'t know where I\'d be now. Probably m ...

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Tindersticks (1st Album) by Tindersticks
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 23 September 2011

Oh well, here goes, I suppose I should say something about, probably, my FAVOURITE ALBUM OF ALL TIME. Always subject to much hilarity and mirth in this office and beyond, Stuart Staples's despondent, defeated and lovelorn velvet murmur of a croon is apparently an acquired taste, however one I just take for granted. If it didn't grace this amazing album I don't know where I'd be now. Probably mad, sat in a box screaming!


These tales of romantic hopelessness, rejection, loss and longing are augmented by some of the most perfect, intimate, warm and ambitious orchestral rock to ever come from an ex-pat Midlands indie band. That they spent considerable time in cafes and pubs in the Soho region of their new home London is apparent in how alive and edgy this album sounds. Every song is like a scene in a blistering play, the strings constantly send shivers up your spine, as do the majority of the chord changes throughout. There is not one remotely weak song on this album, it's passionate, punchy, grandiose, tormented, soothing, stormy, emotionally wrought and profoundly affecting. From start to finish. Songs vary between being lilting, smoky confessionals through to fuzzy melancholic pop and grandiose heavyhearted chamber rock only at times to explode into dramatic raging torrents of violin and viciously discordant guitar scree! Very stormy stuff!


This is the 'Sticks at their most raw and original, everything that came afterwards was more refined and delicate and if always great, never came quite near this opus of conflicting moods and heart-on-sleeve honesty. I must have listened to this record hundreds of times and right now I'm almost in tears listening to it again, I truly adore it as much as the day I first listened to it, awestruck, on the bus home from town when I was 21. Plain records look to have done a great job in repackaging the long-out-of-print double vinyl edition here, now on 180gm vinyl with its delightful sleeve of a Spanish lady dancer, as iconic as all the other classic record sleeves. If you've not heard this before I almost pity you, if you have but never had 40-50 quid for an original then I urge you to go bankrupt yourself a little less on this black wax dream.


10/10 Mark Customer review,

Love this album too, and I mean love, listened to over and over until it became a part of me. This and second album amazing stuff.


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