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Aah The Tindersticks. I'm not even a fan but this already sounds like the best thing I've heard all day. But there again all I've heard all day is horrible noise records. The opener here is a stunner. Its great to hear that guys that have been around this long can still produce beautiful music on a regular basis. No hype, no fanfare, they just do their thing and get on with it. The opener 'Chocolate' is a gorgeous semi instrumental somewhere between Arab Strap, Dakota Suite and Sophia which builds beautifully with spoken word vocals which are overtaken by..........you're not going to believe this.......I almost dare not tell you....oh ok then - a honking sax. It doesn't completely ruin it. I'm a little more disturbed once the spoken word vocals become more clear they give the track even more of an Arab Strap vibe (if a posh middle class one - Pimms rather than Whiskey on the breath). Elsewhere Tindersticks are delightfully in no rush. The tracks unfurl themselves like a cat waking up in the morning, stretching in the sun and.....yawn.....finally getting going. 'Show Me Everything' is not far away from prime 'Nixon' era Lambchop with soulful vocals and Stuart Staples distinctive croon. 'The Fire of Autumn' is nicely upbeat whilst 'A Night so Still' is a little on the sluggish side and as the album wears on there's the odd track that passes by without leaving too much of an impression. 'Medicine', however is just gorgeous with a slinky late night melody creeping along. I like Tindersticks better when they take chances and expand their sound into other areas. This album seems to be a mixture of some songs utilising their signature sound and others sticking their neck out over the parapet into something new. Plenty for fans old and new.... and at times a revelation.
9/10 frank Customer review,
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