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Hungry Saw [VINYL]

Tindersticks Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B005FJP542
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction (3.31)
2. Yesterdays Tomorrows (3.47)
3. The Flicker Of A Little Girl (3.29)
4. Come Feel The Sun (2.27)
5. E-Type (2.48)
6. The Other Side Of The World (4.10)
7. The Organist Entertains (2.32)
8. The Hungry Saw (3.44)
9. Mother Dear (4.18)
10. Boobar Come Back (3.56)
11. All The Love (4.50)
12. The Turns We Took (5.29)

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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Insert

About the Artist

The British band Tindersticks formed in 1991 and is well-known for their orchestral sound and singer Stuart A. Staples' characteristic baritone. Essentially, the group combined the dark romanticism of Leonard Cohen, Ian Curtis and Scott Walker with the songcraft of Lee Hazlewood and the aesthetics of indie rock. They released six albums before singer Stuart A. Staples embarked on a solo career in 2005. In 2006 however, the band played a one-off concert at London's Barbican Centre, performing their second album in full. This show made the band realize the Tindersticks fire was still burning and this eventually led to the release of 'The Hungry Saw' in 2008. Another high quality Tindersticks album and now it s being re-released on high quality 180-grams vinyl.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Nottingham cult band Tindersticks haven't put an album out since 2003's Waiting For the Moon, though frontman Stuart Staples passed the time with a couple of solo efforts and a major relocation to the other side of the channel. Recorded in his new French home studio, The Hungry Saw features a slimmed-down lineup consisting of Staples and other founder members Neil Fraser on guitar and David Boulter on keyboards. Augmented by hired hands, the core trio has produced an album that's pleasingly coherent in both tone and mood.

The atmosphere here is predominantly retro, feeding off the same fascination with the 50s and early 60s as evidently fuelled the younger Bryan Ferry. Staples has a Ferry-ish feel to his voice, too, and both favour a slightly mannered delivery pointed up by the retro touches - the spoken word melodrama on final track "The Turns We Took", the lounge-suit grand guignol of "The Hungry Saw" - a kind of "First Cut Is the Deepest" with added mythology.

Like 50s-obsessed magic realist movies Pleasantville and The Truman Show, the album is also suffused with plaintive melancholy, a kind of yearning for some unspecified lost innocence. It's most plainly expressed in the mysterious "Boobar Come Back To Me" and in the haunted "Mother Dear" which seems to beg for a return to the certainties of childhood. Elsewhere there are whirling instrumentals like the gorgeous "The Organist Entertains".

Like so many purveyors of past glories remerging right now, Tindersticks look set for a major return to form. Let's hope it catches fire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trying to Fall in Love Again.... 12 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Having heard Tindersticks waltz themselves into a really sticky corner with 2003's "Waiting for the Moon" - lovely record, don't misunderstand me, but did it attract one single devotee who hadn't already been along for the ride? - it was still a delight to note the arrival of a new record from old friends. That said, I couldn't help wondering how the new line-up was going to shake things up. Lord knows, they needed to.

Or so I thought. On an initial listen, I was actually quite irritated by the fact that the songs seemed to remind me of nothing more than older songs by the band themselves. "Bit of a yawn, if I'm honest" was how I described it to my wife, a fellow devotee of Stuart and Co.

Then, as we'd purchased tickets (as an act of faith) for their show at the RFH in London, I sat there feeling somewhat ashamed of myself. In a set which bookended some very judicious selections from the back catalogue with both halves of this new album, everything just completely opened up and made sense. How could I have doubted them, or worse still, taken them for granted? Oh ye of little faith!

So, butt duly kicked, I really have to tell anyone who wants to know, that this record contains a collection of truly beautiful songs by a band who have graced the last 15 or so years with a sheer class and singularity of vision which you really have to look hard to find equalled. Yes, Stuart still sounds like Stuart (Hooray!) and yes, the music still evokes exactly what it always has, romantic longing, smoke filled bars, a very adult sense of sophistication, Lee and Nancy, late nights, lipstick traces...all the good stuff. But beyond that, it works so beautifully as a suite of songs that it really transports you to another space, it rewards close attention in spades.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 14 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Have to agree with several other reviews I have read about this record making more sense after hearing it live. Had my doubts on first hearing "The Hungry Saw", but Tindersticks have always been a slow burner of a band. I owned "Curtains" for maybe a year before it worked its' way into my soul. You need to listen to this album several times before it works its' magic; but it is well worth the perserverance. Once it clicks, "The Hungry Saw" is simply gorgeous.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tindersticks stripped down 6 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've tried to give this album every chance, but in the end its a disappointment. I'm a long time fan of Tindersticks, have (and adore) all their albums and have seen them play. I was thrilled to see a return to making music as a band, even without Dickon Hincliffe et al.

With this album, the three remaining members of the band have gone for a stripped down sound, trying to take the band back to its essence. To a large extent they have suceeded in that goal- the sound is unmistakably Tindersticks, whilst being less smooth and polished, and less layered. I make no criticism of the sound- it is an artistic choice, and a valid one.

However, in stripping down the sound, they have lost something else which is equally important- they have stripped down the sense of rhythm and melody which is so fundamental to the band's songs. There are fragments of melody and rhythm here and there which hint at something greater, but then that instinct to strip the sound back, seems to have choked the melodies at the point of creation. This leaves occasional short evocative lines and sounds, which then frustrate because they dont go where an ear attuned to Tindersticks is wanting them to go.

We get a plodding, introspective (perhaps self indulgent?) Tindersticks album which never really takes off. The overall sound and melancholia is there, but the songs just arent.

Ive listened to the album to and from work in the car since its release, and still cannot fall in love with it. Indeed, I would struggle (sitting here typing) to recall a single melody or song. This may reward repeat listening but seasoned fans should approach with some caution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Tinderstick classis
Good condition and an affordable option to listen to another great album from the one of best British Bands of the last 20 years
Published 18 months ago by RBC
5.0 out of 5 stars Tindersticks not only on top form, but better than ever
Tindersticks have been a favourite for years - admittedly not everyone's cup of tea, more like a cup of Lapsang Souchong or glass of Laphraoig - love it or hate it. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2009 by Cheshire Gent
3.0 out of 5 stars Musically most interesting Tindersticks release since Curtains.
I like this album. I have a big but. It may be better than any album release since "Curtains", but is still not the brilliance of their first three albums, except on the final... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2009 by Fantatsictoast1
3.0 out of 5 stars Staples and his backup band
I am a huge fan of the band. I've allways found them to be moving, cinematic, and all around perfect, with a repertoire that ranges from chamber pop ballads, jazzy and cinematic... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2008 by Hugo Melo
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait
I was starting to worry that we would never hear from these guys again. I have all their albums and this one is right up there with the rest. Read more
Published on 13 May 2008 by Mr. TG Crawshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars After the third play you will never come back...or want to.
The lineup of Stuart Dave and Neil is not missing the other players. The new line up has refreshed them and whilst they are still cooler than cool they are approachable and after... Read more
Published on 7 May 2008 by jackdoorookrow
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