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I have a lot of reasons to be proud of my home town of Nottingham and Tindersticks are definitely one of them, especially as we’ve never really had much in the way of musical heroes in the land of Robin Hood other than Paper Lace, Dog Is Dead and Pitchshifter. Stuart A. Staples and co however are the true legends of my old stomping ground. This album celebrates 21 years in the biz that we call show! ‘Across Six Leap Years’ is a collection of re-recorded songs from the ‘Sticks back catalogue, lovingly bashed out at the legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road, from the lush string sections to Staples’ trademark (Vic Reeves) club singer style vocal, this is the sound of the Tindersticks reinvigorated and on top of their game.
Revisiting a handful of tracks from their stunning 21 year history which has featured a massive nine studio albums as well as film soundtracks, museum pieces and art installations, stand out tracks here are most definitely their great cover of Odyssey’s ‘If You’re Looking For A Way Out’ from 1999’s ‘Simple Pleasure’ and the epic ‘Say Goodbye To The City’ from their sixth studio album ‘Waiting For The Moon’. This album isn’t just a shameless cash-in featuring songs that have already been out once already, for me it acts as a document to the amazing career of a band that deserve their place in musical history.
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