The Waiting Room, Tindersticks’ latest full-length, comes accompanied by a full brace of short films, one for each of the album’s eleven tracks. These songs are thus suitably cinematic, grandly arranged but on an intimate scale. Also includes a guest vocal from Jenny Beth of Savages. Four different format options, on City Slang.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 19 January 2016You have to have respect for a band whose singer knows he sounds exactly like Vic Reeves club singer and just carries on regardless. You also need to have respect for a band who want to be as French as Tindersticks do. Their previous album ‘The Something Rain’ was in my mind one of their best efforts - a varied and at times upbeat affair that pushed the band into many new areas. Here they retreat into their chamber fog - after a short gallic instrumental opener, ‘Second Chance’ man is one of their typically slowly unfurling compositions. Here is a band unafraid of using silence as a weapon, it gradually builds with horns joining the party before it quickly stumbles to a close. ‘Were We Once Lovers?’ has an almost funky rhythm section as singer Stuart Staples voice echoes and cascades through the track. So far there’s not the variety on show that made ’The Something Rain’ so enjoyable but the tumbling horns and discordance of ‘Help Yourself’ are certainly a change from the subtle prettiness elsewhere. Beautifully produced as it is this is Tindersticks on autopilot at times. 'The Waiting Room’ whether intended or not is an apt name for the record. Each track takes time, you have to have patience for them to reveal their colours, often Staples voice won’t appear until at least midway into a track and sometimes not at all. The spoken word of ‘How He Entered’ recalls their daly ‘Marbles’ single and is gorgeously orchestrated. An understated record of quiet moods, ‘The Waiting Room’ is a typical Tindersticks record in that you need to do some of the work yourself in order to be drawn in to the record. It’s not altogether as cosy as you might think.
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